A field of blooming yellow buttercup flowers in tall grass with trees and houses visible in the background on a partly cloudy day.

New Forest District Council (NFDC) has announced plans to let the grass grow longer this spring.

In May and parts of June, grass will be left to grow, rather than being mowed, on some verges and larger patches of land in the district.

NFDC’s ‘Let It Bee’ approach to grass cutting will increase the number of plant species, nectar sources for pollinators, and habitats for wildlife.

The council took part in ‘No Mow May’ last year; a campaign to encourage people to not mow their lawns in the month of May and to mow less during the summer.

NFDC is now calling their 2024 approach ‘Let It Bee’ to highlight the importance of bees as pollinators and letting grass grow for wildlife.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, portfolio holder for environment and sustainability, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing areas in our district flourish with our ‘Let It Bee’ approach.”

“We have listened to feedback from last year and are working closely with Hampshire County Council to make sure grass will be cut where it is important for safety and visibility.”

“We’ll be continuing to review sites that might work for wildflower planting and use information gained from our trial sites at Fawley Fields and Appletree Court to help with this.”

“We’d like to encourage residents to consider having their own wild areas in their gardens. You can reduce grass cutting at the bottom of your hedge to encourage more species to grow naturally or pick up wildflower mixes from your local seed retailer for your garden or window boxes.”

Residents can find out more about NFDC’s ‘Let It Bee’ grass maintenance programme at https://newforest.gov.uk/LetItBee