What is No Mow May?
In the lead up to Every Flower Counts at the end of May, we’re encouraging you to leave your lawnmower in the shed and let all your lawn grow long, just for the month of May. In this way, smaller plants like clover, daisies, dandelions, selfheal and clover will get a chance to flower in time for Every Flower Counts at the end of the month. After the survey, you can carry on and leave some or all your lawn unmown if you want to encourage flowers for pollinators.
What is Every Flower Counts?
Every Flower Counts is Plantlife’s citizen science activity that helps take a health-check of our lawns. With 15 million gardeners in the UK, we want to know which flowers are most abundant on lawns and work out how much nectar they are producing for our beleaguered pollinators.
It’s incredibly easy. Every Flower Counts takes just a few minutes to do and children love to help. Once you’ve submitted your results, you’ll instantly receive your own Personal Nectar Score, showing how many bees your lawn can support. Then, they will combine results from all around the UK to produce the first ever National Nectar Score.
To take part in 2022, please register here first.
My lawn doesn’t have any flowers. Can I take part?
Yes, please do! We want to work out how all our lawns are doing, so even if you have a lawn without any flowers it will help Plantlife to know that. And by taking part, they will provide you with help and information about how to increase the number of flowers in your lawn for next year.
I don’t have a lawn. Can I take part?
Yes. If you don’t have a lawn, you could do Every Flower Counts on a lawn owned by a friend or another family member. They might become interested and want to improve their Personal Nectar Score next year.
Or, you could go to your local park or playing field and do Every Flower Counts there. It might be difficult to calculate the entire area of the park or playing field, but your quadrat counts will still be extremely valuable and help Plantlife calculate the National Nectar Score.
Why is it good for pollinators?
By not mowing, you will allow flowers in your lawn to bloom. By increasing the number of flowers in your garden, you are increasing the number of pollinators you can support. Lawns can also have a large diversity of flowers of different shape and sizes, meaning that a large range of pollinators can be provided for by these flowers.