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The pupils of Dunsford Community Academy are letting the grass grow under their feet, but it’s all in a good cause.
Pupils at the school decided to leave the lawnmower in the caretaker’s shed for a few weeks in support of ‘No Mow May’ and they’re letting the grass, verges and banks around the school grow free to aid and encourage bees and butterflies.
Research shows that the UK has lost nearly 97% of its flower rich meadows since the 1970’s. The consequence of this decline is a very significant reduction in the vital food which is needed by pollinators, like bees and butterflies.
It seems that a healthy lawn with some long grass and wildflowers benefits wildlife, tackles pollution and can even lock away carbon below ground.
Dunsford School head, Andrew Grimley said: “We consulted fully with the children as we always do, and they were absolutely behind the idea of ‘No Mow May’. In fact, they were incredibly positive about the whole idea and as we have lots of outdoor space here at Dunsford, we are really doing our bit. The children, as always, are central to everything we do.
“As a result, we now have some increasingly wild areas around the school that are doing the local eco-system the world of good.”