In support of Plantlife’s No Mow May campaign, we're saying 'no' to mowing the grass on Abbey Way in South Thamesmead to encourage more wild flowers that will provide nectar for bees, butterflies, moths and other wildlife.

According to Plantlife, research undertaken for its Every Flower Counts 2020 survey revealed that not mowing a lawn for an extended period of time can result in the accumulation of enough nectar for up to ten times more bees and other pollinators.

Commenting on our support of the campaign, Desiree Shepherd, Public Realm and Landscape Manager for Thamesmead at Peabody, said: “We were eager to support No Mow May this year as we’re keen to improve and encourage grassland growth in Thamesmead. By leaving the grass on Abbey Way uncut for longer periods, the number and diversity of wildlife in the area will increase every year.

“In addition to letting the grass grow longer we’re aiming to work with local groups to do some plug planting so that we can extend these meadows. It will also be a great opportunity to invite school groups out so that they can explore and compare the variety of new plant families and wildlife found in the grassland which we’re planning to do soon.”

We’ll be posting photo updates across our social media accounts throughout the month to track the progress of the lawn’s growth so be sure to follow our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages if you aren’t already.

Find out more about No Mow May here.