Not mowing for May encourages biodiversity

ESG Clarity readers and staff take part in the Plantlife campaign


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Plantlife’s No Mow May campaign aims to encourage everyone to do their bit for wildlife in their gardens by locking up their lawnmowers. Here are what our readers and staff have been doing to get involved.

See more pictures and in full in the May issue of ESG Clarity‘s digital magazine.

Schroders’ head of global content Andrew Oxlade dug this extra bit of wildlife pond during lockdown. He can now see all manner of birds washing at the pebble edge while he works. It’s also full of tadpoles, snails and dragonfly larvae.

Cazenove Capital’s head of content Richard Dyson has an entirely native garden, meaning all indigenous plants.

ESG Clarity’s global head of ESG insight Natalie Kenway’s eight-year-old daughter Iris (named after a flower!) adores nature and loves to bring her parents her latest pet snail or worm. She understands that bees are vital to our whole ecosystem and wanted to encourage more bees and insects into the garden. She made this bee hotel to hang on the tree during No Mow May.

Schroders’ London roof terraces were designed with wildflowers and wildlife in mind. A network of wildlife ‘corridors’ encourages bees hotels and puddle pools, and has visitations from house sparrows, bats, black redstarts, swallows, pied wagtails and stag beetles.

ESG Clarity deputy editor Natasha Turner never thought she’d be proud to say she hasn’t actually mowed her lawn since September…(ahead of the trend!) Many a wildflower (excellent for biodiversity) has run its course over the past few weeks. Shame to have missed snapping a shot of the recent bluebells as this picture displays more common flowers, but you can certainly see how long the grass is.


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