Wandsworth Council to Take Part in No Mow May Again

Grass in borough's parks to remain uncut for a month

Policy aims to encourage growth of wild flowers and pollinators

April 30, 2024

This means that for the whole month grass in parks across the borough will be left uncut to allow wild flowers to grow and attract pollinators.

As part of a national campaign run by the charity Plantlife, Enable, which looks after the parks and open spaces in the borough, will allow selected areas of grass to be left unmown across 20 sites. Most sites will continue to be unmown in June to allow wildflowers, plants and insects to continue to thrive.

Local people are also being urged to leave the lawnmower in the shed during May to attract pollinators to their gardens.

There are mixed views on the No Mow May movement which was started by citizen scientists in the UK in 2019 but now has adherents across the northern hemisphere. Some horticulturalists argue that letting grass grow unchecked and then radically cutting it back can have an overall negative effect on biodiversity. It can also allow weeds and other invasive plants to thrive which may make them more difficult to remove later on. Some hay fever suffers also report worsening symptoms although others say their condition is triggered by grass cutting so they get a welcome respite.

The areas being left unmown in Wandsworth are:

King George’s Park
Putney Vale Cemetery
Battersea Rise Cemetery
The Pleasance
Roehampton Playing Fields
Fishponds Playing Fields
Fairacres verge
Putney Vale Open Space
Tibbetts Corner
Garratt Lane Old Burial Ground
West Hill Open Space
Medfield Street Open Space
Vicarage Gardens
Beauchamp Terrace
Wandsworth Park
Godley Gardens
Burntwood Grange/Sandgate verges
Wandsworth Common – Skylark area
All Saints Tooting
Fountain Rec

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