GARDENERS have been urged to let their lawns grow wild this month.

Earley Town Council is participating in Plantlife's No Mow May campaign by setting aside areas across the town to be left unmowed during May.

The authority believe this will encourage the growth of wildflowers which should lead to an estimated tenfold boost to nectar production – a huge benefit to bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

As such, residents are being encouraged to leave the mowers behind and let the garden grow wild to help flowers, bees and other pollinators.

Earley Town Council is encouraging all residents to join us in leaving the mower in the shed for the month of May on at least a strip of your garden and watch your lawn spring to life with flowers, bees and other pollinators.

To help publicise this event, Earley Town Council will be putting up a ‘Scaremow’ in the front garden of the Council Offices in Radstock Lane. If you’d like to make your own, Plantlife have a helpful how-to guide on their website.