No Mow May
No Mow May is an initiative that’s encouraging gardeners to let their lawns grow wild throughout this month in order to encourage and promote biodiversity.
Launch this year by the wild plant conservation charity Plantlife, No Mow May is intended to allow smaller plants like clover, daisies, dandelions, selfheal and clover will get a chance to flower and give pollinators a head-start.
• On a single day in summer, one acre of wildflower meadow can contain 3 million flowers and produce 1 kg of nectar sugar for pollinators.
• since the 1930s, we have lost nearly 7.5 million acres of flower-rich meadows and pastures. Just 1% of our countryside now provides this floral feast for pollinators.
• With 15 million gardens in Britain, our lawns have the potential to become major sources of nectar.
College is delighted to be supporting the campaign across various parts of our sites. Robbie Eason, Head of Grounds Maintenance, says: “Parts of Goodheart lawn, Bennett lawns at Staverton, Orchard at Harberton mead, and 115 Fairfield road will also be included, its hoped leaving these areas will increase insect populations, whilst encouraging weeds like daisies and dandelions which will provide nectar sugar for bees to keep pollinating and giving them the energy daily.”
Have your say on sustainability
We welcome feedback from across our extended Univ family and all are encouraged to make comments or suggestions for actions, small or large, which could improve sustainability at Univ. Current students and staff are invited to provide feedback using the form on our Intranet here.
Those without access to Univ’s Intranet are most welcome to send their comments or suggestions via email to Justin Bowyer – Justin.Bowyer@univ.ox.ac.uk
All comments and suggestions will be presented to the Sustainability Committee at the next available opportunity.
We look forward to hearing your ideas.
Univ will continue reporting on sustainability initiatives from across College so please look out for these on our dedicated Sustainability at Univ page, our News Hub and social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Published: 4 May 2022