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Frodsham’s gardeners can help the town’s famous bee – by not mowing the lawn!

FRODSHAM gardeners can help the town’s official emblem – the bee – by leaving their lawnmowers in the shed until the end of May.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting a national campaign by slowing down its grass cutting operations to support animals and plant life – and in particular pollinators such as bees.
The council will leave some areas of grass to grow to help biodiversity during May – and is urging gardeners to do the same.
Frodsham has long been associated with the bee. It is the town’s official emblem and in 2013 the town organised a bee festival to mark the 200th anniversary of the Rev William Charles Cotton, a former Rector of Frodsham who was an international authority on bees.
Now national charity Plantlife is running a #NoMowMay campaign which challenges everyone to leave their mowers in their sheds for the month of May to allow pollen rich flowers for nature’s emerging insects.
However, road safety is a priority for the council so grass will still be cut in some locations such as at road junctions or bends where leaving grass to grow long could cause a danger. Grass cutting will also continue where needed for operational reasons, like sports pitches, play areas and paths.
Cllr Karen Shore, deputy leader of the council said: “May is an important month for biodiversity as the first nectar rich flowers are helping to sustain the emerging insect population. Taking part in No Mow May also supports the council’s climate emergency declaration by reducing carbon emissions.
“I hope many residents will join in the campaign too, to boost biodiversity in the borough. Whether it’s a small patch or your whole lawn, you can have an impact.
“Of course, road safety is a priority for us to, so road users can be assured that any necessary maintenance will be carried out and signage will remain clearly visible.
“Our regular grass cutting schedule will begin again across the borough in June.”
The council is also continuing to implement its Wildflower and Grassland Strategy and native wildflower meadows are being planted in every ward in the borough using a bespoke seed mix to boost biodiversity.
The seed mix has been created by the Wildflower Centre based at the Eden Project. The seed supplier, Boston Seeds, has agreed to stock the “Cheshire mix” so that anyone can order it and help to boost biodiversity in the borough. Residents can order the seed mix direct from Boston Seeds by calling 01205 280 069 and their website has some helpful guides on how to create a wildflower meadow in residential gardens.
Cllr Shore added: “It’s also Global Bee Day on May 20, so this month, please play your part to help our pollinators, by planting wildflowers in your garden or leaving your grass to go wild.”
For more information on Plantlife, visit: https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk or https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/no-mow-may

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