The funded phase of Don’t Mow Let It Grow has come to a close but the project most certainly has not! Both DfI Roads and CCGBC have committed to continuing the management of the current sites, 19 road verges and over 11HA of Council grassland, and are looking for new opportunities. One of the last project targets was to create an online Toolkit with all the projects resources, outcomes and reports so that any other organisation or individual can have their own Don’t Mow Let It Grow meadows. The toolkit is now online and free for everyone, click here to get started and Don’t Mow Let It … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow Toolkit Now Online
For many communities, the main obstacle to adopting pollinator-friendly grass management is the annual ‘cut and collect’ action. Cutting is simple; it is the follow-up collection exercise that can be very labour intensive and/or pose certain logistical issues.' Currently, in Ennis, 80% of their grassed roundabouts are subject to pollinator-friendly management, as championed by Ennis Tidy Towns with assistance from Ennis Municipal District Staff. The decision was made to manage these areas for pollinators and wildlife in general, without supplementary planting. You can read the full … [Read more...] about Ennis Tidy Towns transform roundabouts into wildlife havens
Grass cuttings from roadside verges to be sold to the National Grid to raise money to save the environment
A great article in the Daily Telegraph highlighting how Lincolnshire County Council will be using grass cuttings from verges that have been allowed to grow into wildflower meadows. The verges will be cut at the end of summer and the cuttings sold to the National Grid to create energy in the first scheme of its kind. You can read the full article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/15/grass-cuttings-roadside-verges-sold-national-grid-raise-money/ … [Read more...] about Grass cuttings from roadside verges to be sold to the National Grid to raise money to save the environment
Don’t Mow Let, It Grow has been sharing its success with the rest of the Island, Rachel Bain, project manager, was invited to speak at the All Ireland Pollinator Conference in Cork in April. Rachel joined speakers from Ireland and the UK covering topics including pollinators and pesticides, planting for pollinators, alternatives to pesticides and changing landscapes. The All Ireland Pollinator Plan network is working throughout the Island of Ireland to help support our pollinators, take a look at the fantastic resources on their website and see what you can do to … [Read more...] about Sharing the Don’t Mow Story!
“A wonder product the world can’t live without”. That’s the tagline from a clever advert this week by Rowse honey. Important to Rowse but important to us all and the people living and visiting the Causeway coast agree. Honey bees tend to be in managed in hives, but humans can’t live on honey alone. If all the bees were to become extinct, humans would only be a matter of years behind them. One-third of bee species are already extinct. Whether it’s the apple we snack on or the tomato on our pizza, we need bees and their friends. Every third mouthful of what we eat is thanks to wild … [Read more...] about The People Have Spoken
Blue Planet cameraman and BBC presenter, Simon King OBE visited the the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council to help celebrate the successes of Don’t Mow, Let It Grow. The three-year pilot project is the biggest of its type in Northern Ireland, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, working in partnership with the Department for Infrastructure and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Click Here for a Copy of the Presentation The natural history film maker and BAFTA award winner, spoke at an event held in the appropriately named Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow Celebrates 3 Years Of Growth
Blue Planet cameraman and BBC presenter, Simon King OBE has congratulated Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and partners, for the successes of the environmental project, Don’t Mow, Let It Grow. The natural history film maker and BAFTA award winner, was speaking at a celebration event held in the appropriately named Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, surrounded by local school children, representatives from other Local Councils, environmental and countryside organisations along with volunteer groups. Addressing the audience, King said, “Congratulations on the changing of … [Read more...] about GRASS FIT FOR A KING
iReach Insights conducted a nationally representative survey on 1,000 adults in ROI to discover how they feel about bees and measures that have been taken to help them. - 88% of individuals believe the Irish government has not worked sufficiently to help save the bees. - 38% of people have personally taken measures to help save the bees. Top 3 measures people have taken to help save the bees: 1. Planting different flowers that bees prefer (69%), 2. Reducing the use of pesticides (56%), 3. Telling friends and family about the importance of bees (50%). 75% are aware that bees … [Read more...] about Survey says…..
Sat 1st & Sun 2nd Sept Come along and visit the Don’t Mow Let It Grow roadshow, learn about the project and enjoy the free family activities. If anyone would like to volunteer at the event and help with the activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org … [Read more...] about Don’t Mow Let It Grow Road Show at Airwaves, Portrush