• Susie Culhane

What to do in May (during lockdown)

Happy Month! According to Wikipedia, May Day is an ancient festival of Spring and a current traditional spring holiday in many European cultures. It is also noted that dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. For something less vigorous, we have compiled some activities which can be completed in your garden this month, and which will have the added benefit of boosting our honeybees.

If you are looking for new ways to enjoy your garden, or different activities for the children, here are some ideas for you, and the natural environment.

1. Firstly, stop mowing the lawn. Yes, really, you can stop! Perhaps mow a path across your lawn but leave the remainder of grass uncut.

2. Mark out a 1 metre square of grass

3. Register for Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts survey

4. On one day during the week from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st May, count the number of flowers you find in a one metre square of your lawn.

5. Submit the results to find out how many bees your lawn can feed.

Last year, Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts survey was completed in nearly 5,000 gardens across the UK. The results (the first ever National Nectar Score) showed that the average lawn produced 12 grams of nectar sugar per day, enough to support 1,088 honeybees. How many honeybees does your lawn support?

If you want specific ideas for children, Plantlife suggests making a Scaremow guardian to protect the flowers in your lawn. Intrigued? Take a look at Plantlife’s website for more information, and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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