No Mow May at Milton Park
Published on 15 May 2023
We’re once again participating in No Mow May this year – a campaign led by wild plant conservation charity, Plantlife. According to Plantlife, we’ve lost nearly 97% of flower rich meadows since the 1970s and a quarter of the UK's plant species are at risk of extinction due to the loss of wildflower habitats.
No Mow May gives wildflowers space and time to grow and bloom undisturbed, letting nature take its course – providing vital food and shelter for pollinators crucial to our ecosystem, whilst creating beautiful areas for people to enjoy.
This campaign has gained significant support in the UK, with over a quarter of a million people pledging to take part in the initiative this year. So, even growing out the smallest grassy patches contributes towards a significant positive impact on the environment – by taking part in the campaign, we can all play a role in protecting our planet's precious biodiversity.
At Milton Park, we’re letting our green space grow alongside the cycle path between buildings 127 & 130. This is in addition to the 2,900 sq m of dedicated wildflower meadow areas that we maintain across the site year-round, supporting Milton Park’s 70,000 honeybees from six hives located at the Park.
For those who picked up our free wildflower seeds during National Gardening Week at our recent Gardeners’ Question Time event (shown below) – now is the perfect time to sow them.
Dr Trevor Dines, a botanist and spokesperson for Plantlife, said: "The response to No Mow May has been phenomenal, with a quarter of a million people pledging to take part this year. Every square meter of wildflower meadow that we can create makes a difference, and it's heartening to see so many people joining us in our efforts to preserve biodiversity."
For more information on No Mow May and the work carried out by Plantlife, please visit: www.plantlife.org.uk/