Bradford Council is letting the grass grow freely in a number of its parks and green spaces to support the annual No Mow May campaign.

Conservation charity Plantlife runs a national campaign which encourages individuals and organisations with lawns to leave their lawnmowers in the shed for the month of May, to encourage wildflowers and attract bees, butterflies and other wildlife.

The campaign begins on Monday 1 May and runs for the whole month. The council manages over 80 green spaces, including sections in parks, grass verges and other green spaces across the district, which will be left to grow naturally for the month of May.

A number of council-owned sites are left uncut for longer periods during spring and summer, including the meadow area of Northcliffe Park and the embankment at Peel Park. Where there are significant numbers of bulbs planted the grass is left uncut until June or July and wildflower or annual seed areas are able to grow naturally all summer.

Ishaq Shafiq the Council’s Bradford South Area Co-ordinator said: “This is a great way to attract wildlife and biodiversity to our sites, so we are happy to support the campaign. Managing our sites in a way that supports biodiversity is one of the ways we want to create a more sustainable district for the future.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the Plantlife campaign for their own gardens can also take part in the Every Flower Counts survey to help build a national picture of the wildflowers that have been able to grow through lawns being left uncut.