#nomow is a twitter campaign run with our friends at River of Flowers to encourage native wildflower habitat creation. We want to inspire people to manage their gardens and community spaces for the benefit of wildlife, to plant more wildflowers and to not mow! Please support us by using the nomow #
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Bristol Parks Forum support one of the main objectives of this campaign that local authorities can help to achieve. The reinstatement or creation of wildflower habitats along our roadsides. Our roadside verges represent an important remnant of our native grassland and wildflower habitats, which have suffered catastrophic losses over the last century. Our verges also act as important buffers to some of the most impoverished areas, whether along six lane motorways, intensively farmed fields or city avenues. Along with railway edges, road verges are the single most viewed habitat in the country, giving millions of people everyday contact with the changing seasons.
Managed correctly, our roadside verges can support a remarkably diverse range of plant and animal species, including bees and other insect pollinators. The good news is that appropriate management is usually about doing less, allowing the verge to develop naturally and the wild plants to set seed before any cutting takes place. Native species of wildflowers can be introduced to enhance what is already growing in the verge by using wildflower seed and seedballs.
The forum also support the creation of wildflower meadows in our parks and open spaces though these need careful management and parks user groups should be consulted to ensure the appropriate locations are chosen and where possible be included in updated management plans.