Take part in the 'No Mow May' challenge

Honeybee feeding

Letting the flowers bloom on your lawn helps to provide a vital source of nectar for bees and other insects. This is why we’re asking you to take on a special challenge to support Plantlife’s 'No Mow May' project.

We need you to create a 'scaremow' for the garden to make sure your hungry mower stays in the shed for the whole month of May.

Changing your mowing routine and allowing plants to flower can create enough nectar for ten times more bees and other pollinators. You’re also more likely to spot a greater variety of flowers popping up in your garden. 

Once you’ve put your ‘scaremow’ up all you have to do is wait to see how many bees, butterflies and other insects come to your garden. What flowers do they like the most?

At the end of the month, you can count the flowers on your lawn to take part in the conservation charity Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts survey. You'll then get your own Personal Nectar Score, which tells you how many bees your garden is helping to support.  

This is the fourth of our weekend challenges for members and supporters. This challenge has been designed so that it can be done in your house or garden, so please take part from the comfort of your own home.


How to create your own 'scaremow'

Are you taking part in 'No Mow May' this year? Making a 'scaremow' for your garden is a fun way of getting your kids involved and spreading the word to your neighbours. You can construct yours with plant pots, old clothes and other things you might have lying around the house. Take a look at this video for inspiration.

Instructions on how to create a 'scaremow'

Visit the Plantlife website to download a guide to building your own 'scaremow' and learn more about 'No Mow May'.

Flower power

Every Flower Counts survey 2019

  • The top three most abundant lawn flowers were daisy, white clover and selfheal
  • 200 species were found flowering on lawns, including rarities such as meadow saxifrage, knotted clover and eyebright.
  • Over half a million flowers were counted, including 191,200 daisies.
  • More than half of the people surveyed would normally mow their lawns at least every fortnight.

For this year's results, including the first ever National Nectar Score for lawns, visit Plantlife's Every Flower Counts website.

girl with dandelion flower

What types of flowers will you see?

You might be surprised at how many flowers you can spot if you the let the grass grow. Daisies, dandelions, creeping buttercups, common mouse-ear, cuckooflowers and white clover are to name just a few. There are also lots of plants you can grow in your garden, window box and vegetable patch that will attract pollinators. These include rosemary, lavender, apple blossom, strawberries and tomatoes.

A bumble bee sitting on a flower, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Why we love bees

Bees are one of our most important pollinators, and we rely on their hard work for much of what we eat. They pollinate the flowers that produce our fruit, nuts and seeds, and help to spread colour through our landscape. Bees are vital in keeping up the health of our ecosystem, so we need to give them the biggest chance possible to thrive.

Helping nature at home

Things to do

Get some inspiration for activities to do on your own or with family. You won't be short of things to do this autumn.