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No Mow May blooms bigger than ever

No Mow May lets wild plants flower by asking the public to relax their mowing regime each spring. Find out why 2023’s campaign was bigger and wilder than ever.

Rye grass reversion, Pembs c Lucia Chmurova.

Our annual promotion of the No Mow May movement bloomed bigger and better than ever in 2023, with even more people joining our call to relax their mowing regime and save wildflowers from the chop. 

More than 7000 people pledged to put their lawnmowers away during May – an increase of more than 30% on 2022.  

And 90% of those who took part committed to mowing less frequently throughout the summer and beyond. This impressive legacy is providing a lifeline for our wild plants by giving them the time and space to bloom.


Plantlife’s #NoMowMay coverage hit the mark

 The Plantlife team created a raft of engaging content:   

  • Our dedicated No Mow May webpages attracted more than 30,000 views. 
  • A single post on Twitter reached a global audience of over 80,000 people. 
  • An inspirational video diary by road verge advisor Mark Schofield proved popular on YouTube and Instagram.

No Mow May school window display

We also delivered advice and campaign updates straight into participants’ inboxes, with over 66% of recipients opening the weekly email. In addition, more than 3,000 supporters also signed up to read our exclusive lawn guide, which was written by an expert team of botanists from Plantlife.  

This coverage stretched further than just online, with the campaign featuring in 1,600 written articles and by the broadcast media at least 25 times. This included high profile appearances such as Plantlife’s Sarah Shuttleworth on Radio 4’s Today Programme, while Gillian Burke gave No Mow May a shout out on BBC Springwatch.  

A wild garden lawn with yellow buttercups, red poppies and small blue flowers next to garden fences and neighbouring houses

No Mow May lawns found in nearly 120 UK postcodes

During 2023, No Mow May was widely represented across the UK, with unmown lawns found in 118 postcodes. These ranged from large urban spaces like Birmingham, to more rural areas such as Devon. 

Our top 5 No Mow May postcodes were found in:  

  • Ashford 
  • Bristol 
  • Oxford 
  • Exeter 
  • Birmingham  

More than 50 local authorities also adjusted their mowing patterns to create road verges and parks which were buzzing with more life than ever.  

Bumblebee resting on purple Selfheal flower.

No Mow May’s legacy

This year’s No Mow May campaign reached a wider audience than ever before, helped along by supporting messages from social media influencers, community groups, schools and a range of public and private bodies, including many environmental organisations. 

This legacy continued during Let it Bloom June and throughout the summer – which helped create the wildest No Mow May yet. 

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