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‘No Mow’ summer pollinator sites return across Rushcliffe to see local wildlife thrive

Last updated: 16/5/2024

Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is again installing a number of ‘No Mow’ areas across the Borough to act as summer pollinator sites and encourage wildlife and habitats to thrive even further.

It follows on from the success of the scheme over the last three years and compliments the national ‘No Mow’ in May campaign.

RBC has identified 38 sites across the Borough that will grow from May to September this year, covering over three hectares.

The Council’s Streetwise team are now not mowing selected areas across Rushcliffe to help create natural corridors to support and enhance local wildlife. 

This sustainable management of the open spaces helps to not only mitigate the impact of climate change but supports the Council’s Carbon Clever initiative and its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The selected areas in the Borough are as follows:

West Bridgford

Abbey Circus

Abbey Park, North

Adbolton Lane Playground, Lady Bay

Alford Road, Edwalton

Blanford Gardens, Compton Acres

Bridgefield Meadow, West Bridgford

Compton Acres (3x sites) inc Beaulieu Gardens and Broadstone Balancing Pond

Cranford Gardens, Compton Acres

Deepdale Close to Easedale Close, Gamston

Dorset Gardens, Compton Acres

Field of Hope, Off Cropstone Close, West Bridgford

Green line Extension, Edwalton

Gresham Playing Field

Gresham Playing Field – Tram Side

Greythorn Drive Park, Compton Acres

Junction of Valley Road and Melton Road

Junction of Wilford Lane and Compton Acres / Heathervale Green

Killerton Park Drive, Compton Acres

Knights Close, Compton Acres

Lyme Park Open Space (3x sites), Compton Acres

Melton Gardens, Edwalton

Miss Machin’s Field, Edwalton

Rannerdale Close to Mellbreak Close, Gamston

Rugby Road, Compton Acres

Rushcliffe Arena entrance, Compton Acres

South of Buckfast Way

Stamford Road, West Bridgford

The Hook play area, Lady Bay

Tram Line, Wilford Lane to Acorn Bank

West of Greystones Close, Gamston



Bingham - Mill Hill

Cropwell Butler – South of St Giles Way and Brownhill Close

East Leake - Beech Avenue/Willow Close

East Leake - Gotham Road

Keyworth, Hawthorn Close

Kinoulton - Newbold Way

Sutton Bonington - Rectory Gardens

Whatton - Green Walk

RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment & Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “We have ‘No Mow’ areas set out across the Borough to further protect nature and enhance biodiversity by providing essential habitat and food sources for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and moths.

“We also have a large number of pre-existing wildflower meadows to ensure that even more wildlife and habitats can thrive.

“Our summer pollinator scheme is a fantastic way to help increase biodiversity across Rushcliffe, protect our environment and help us to be more Carbon Clever in line with our environmental agenda.”

The newly managed sites with the ‘No Mow’ areas often have paths cut through them or adjacent cut areas to provide space for people to sit or children to play.

This creates a more varied greenspace, providing a wider range of recreational and social opportunities as well as benefitting more species, and make a more interesting natural environment.

It’s with the aim for residents to see more grass swaying in the breeze and hear the buzz of insects feeding on wildflowers.

If weeds become an issue at the sites alternative methods of removal will be considered that will not affect habitats.

Residents can also get involved if they have their own summer pollinator site on land not managed by the Council. For advice on re-wilding lawns, visit the Wild About Gardens website.