Enter The Sid Valley Biodiversity No Mow May Photographic & Art Competition.

No Mow May Is A Plantlife Campaign Calling All Garden Owners And Green Space Managers Not To Mow During May – Liberating Your Lawns And Providing A Space For Nature.To celebrate No Mow May in 2023 the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group are running a photographic and art competition for people living in, and visiting, East Devon.

To Enter

  1. To enter all you need to do is take a photograph, film a video, paint a picture, or anything else that shows No Mow May at its best. It could be flowers, plants, insects, birds or anything else within a No Mow May context. Your inspiration or work may be inspired by your garden or any open space.
  2. Then submit it to our Facebook page at Sid Valley Biodiversity Group on Facebook (Please note that we may share your photographic and art work to promote biodiversity and taking part in the competition is deemed to grant us that permission).
  3. When submitting your entry please mark it as Adult, or with the age of the entrant for the Under 16 section.
  4. The entry that the judges believe best matches the criteria will be the winner. The judges decision will be final.
  5. Deadline for entries is 23.59 hrs on May 31st 2023.

There are two prizes. The first for under 16s and the second for adults.

No Mow May Photo & Art Competition Prizes

The prize for the adult section is a copy of Leif Bersweden’s book Where The Wild Flowers Grow. We are asking Leif to personally present the prize at his talk in Sidmouth at his talk during the Sidmouth Biodiversity Festival on June 7th.

The Under 16 prize will bevbook vouchers to the value of £20.

More About No Mow May

Though the weather should be improving in May pollinators, including butterflies and other insects, often find it hard to find enough flowers, nectar and pollen, to establish their colonies and seasonal breeding routines. We need pollinators as they help pollinate our crops.

Since the 1970’s we’ve lost nearly 97% of flower rich meadows and with them gone we’ve also lost the vital plants and food needed by pollinators, like bees and butterflies.

The positive spin off of No Mow May is that when grass cutting is limited we get more plants flowering and the landscape looks so much better. That’s good for all of us and also supports the tourism industry which is os important in this part of Devon.

Health And Safety During No Mow May

We recognise that No Mow May needs to be implemented safely and support the idea of sightlines being cut where they are needed for the safety of road users and pedestrians.

Please take care when taking photos in public spaces.

More About No Mow May

The Plantlife website provides loads of information and inspiration about not mowing during May.

Discover more about Plantlife & No Mow May by clicking the link.

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