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Gedling joins No Mow movement to encourage bees and other pollinators

Gedling Borough Council has identified a number of sites around the borough where is can encourage the growth of wildflowers, weeds and grasslands.

The areas will be left unmown throughout the growing season as part of the council’s commitment to the protection and enhancement of our natural environment including habitats and wildlife.

The wildflowers and weeds are vital food for pollinators like butterflies, bees and invertebrates.

Bees are an essential part of our eco-system contributing to the natural production of many of the foods that we grow and eat. One of the key factors in the decline of bee numbers has been a lack of wildflower meadows.

This is why here at Gedling Borough Council we are keen to help to stop the decline and promote the growth of wildflowers in the borough. This in turn will encourage and conserve more of our native wildlife.

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The areas identified in Gedling span approximately 5.5 acres and include space at our Green Flag Awarded parks. They will be left unmown until September increasing biodiversity and importantly to help to save the bees and other pollinators.

Councillor Viv McCrossen, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Natural Habitat said:

“We are lucky to have some sites in our borough that are perfectly suited to the growth of wildflowers that create nesting sites for different species of bees. It will also encourage other pollinators and our native wildlife.

“I’m confident that this will contribute to our commitment to take care of our natural environment and sew the seeds for increased biodiversity and conservation in Gedling Borough”.

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