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How we mow

Managing our green spaces to protect and promote biodiversity

Our grass-cutting programme forms part of our commitment to boost biodiversity in the borough and combat climate change.

The Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006 placed a legal responsibility on public authorities in England to conserve and enhance biodiversity, and the council has adopted a Green Space Strategy and Pollinator Friendly Policy to put biodiversity at the heart of how we manage the borough's green spaces.

When we mow and where we mow

The grass cutting season starts in March and we cut the following council-owned land more than a dozen times throughout the season:

  • parks, recreation grounds and open spaces
  • cemeteries
  • communal gardens and green spaces at independent living accommodation and council housing
  • highway verges

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We have reduced mowing at a number of sites across the borough to create pollinator-friendly wildflower meadows and grassland urban meadows.

The meadows create a range of habitats to support insects, birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

In addition to boosting biodiversity, the meadows support the council's work to reduce C02 emissions towards net zero across the borough.

We cut the borough's meadows at the end of the cutting season, removing the arisings to recycle.

View a full list of wildflower and grassland urban meadows in the borough

View more information on our pollinator friendly policy and how you can help

Areas with naturalised bulbs

We leave areas with flowering bulbs uncut for a minimum period of six weeks after flowering has finished. We extend this period if bulb foliage has not died back. Allowing the bulbs to retain their nutrients in this way ensures they keep flowering in future years. When we do cut these areas for the first time they need specialist equipment, so this means that it will take us longer than normal to finish this cutting across the borough.

Grass cutting in parishes

The following parish councils have taken responsibility for grass cutting in the borough's parishes: Binley Woods, Brandon and Bretford, Brinklow, Church Lawford, Grandborough, Harborough Magna, Monks Kirby, Princethorpe, Thurlaston, Shilton, Willoughby, Wolston and Wolvey.

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