120 Flowering wild plants on our common surveyed in 2007/8


Under Crab Apple Tree (Photo: Linda Wordsworth)

Our local common may look like an expanse of boring grass but come late spring to early summer as we let the grass grow it slowly evolves into  a stunning expanse of wild flowers and grasses and becomes the favourite haunt of bees, butterflies, hover flies and insects.

Put aside a grassy area and leave without mowing between April and September and you may be surprised by the amount of plant diversity your grass is concealing. If you combine this strategy of reduced mowing with removal of grass clippings, scraping away areas of grass and spreading wild flower seeds in Autumn, you may also be able to improve the plant numbers and species in a single year.

On our local common we have been unable to take away grass clippings but we’ve still achieved a huge increase in flowering plants just by changing when the area is mowed.

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