Let it grow
This is so simple, you don’t even have to lift a finger! Just set aside an area of grass and let it grow. The whole point is to allow whatever flowers are there to grow to their full flowering potential before you cut them back. This will provide lots of pollen and nectar for visiting insects; not to mention saving time constantly cutting grass! There are two options: a 6-week meadow and a one-cut meadow:
If you are worried about tidiness, just make an interpretative sign with your class and ask the caretaker to cut an outline border and internal pathway to show the intentional nature of your ‘wilderness’. Standby and wait for the parade of flowers from daisies to dandelions, buttercups to clover! Again, this is so simple, totally free and has a big impact! Give it a go! Use our flower ID cards to help your class identify the wildflowers that appear.
St. Thomas's NS, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath 'Let it Grow' to create an amazing wildflower meadow.
Screen NS, Co. Wexford
Meadow paths at the 'Biodiversity in Schools' Wildlife Garden
Local Communities: actions to help pollinators. All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, Guidelines 1. National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford. April, 2016.