‘No Mow’ areas across the Borough, under Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Summer Pollinator Scheme, are now being cut to prevent the increased risk of fire, due to the current extreme hot and dry weather conditions.
Streetwise, the Council’s partner grounds maintenance firm are carrying out the grass cutting in locations across the Borough, starting with areas near buildings which are more at risk from the ongoing drought conditions.
The grass areas were due to be cut in September.
The Council will review this year’s scheme as it plans to further extend the list of protected areas next year.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan said: “Our upmost priority is the safety of all residents and we want to protect the Borough against any potential increased fire risks caused by the exceptionally dry and hot conditions we’re experiencing.
“These are very significant circumstances with an Amber Extreme heat warning in place across the region and expected to stay with us until Sunday.
“Unfortunately, we’re returning to our regular cutting regime a few weeks earlier than planned but our team are reassessing the areas and will build on the scheme next year.
“The scheme not only mitigates the impact of climate change but supports the Council’s Carbon Clever initiative and its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030 and helps address the biodiversity crisis.”