Why we are reducing mowing frequency in select areas across the city

We are proud to support Plant Life’s No Mow scheme for the fourth year running.

It's time to give wildlife a helping hand by letting some areas of grass grow freely across the city. We will still be maintaining grass in sports and recreational spaces as usual. But by reducing mowing in certain areas, we can create vital habitats for pollinators and support our local ecosystem.

Salford City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2039. Allowing grass to grow helps store carbon dioxide, contributing to our carbon reduction goals.

We're reallocating some amenity grassland to meadows or grassland zones, allowing chosen areas to grow naturally. Rather than adding new seeds, we're observing what nature has to offer and evaluating the need for additional seeding in the future. 

Places included in our no mow scheme

Barton and Winton:

  • Barton Aqueduct Pocket Park
  • Winton Park

Boothstown and Ellenbrook

Roe Green (large field)


  • Albert Park
  • Crescent Meadows

Cadishead and Lower Irlam

  • Cadishead Park
  • Gilchrist Road
  • Prince’s Park


Oakwood Park


Three Sisters

Kersal and Broughton Park

Clowes Park 

Little Hulton

  • Amblecote playing field
  • Peel Park
  • Madams Wood Road playing field
  • Aspinall Crescent
  • Greenheys Road


Ordsall Park

Pendlebury and Clifton 

Clifton Country Park

Pendleton and Charlestown

  • Peel Park
  • Kersal Wetlands

Swinton and Wardley

  • Moorside Park
  • Mossfield Road Field
  • Beech Farm Playing field

Walkden North

  • Blackleach Country Park
  • St Mary's Park

Walkden South

  • Parr Fold Park
  • Crompton Street
  • Holly Avenue

Weaste and Seedley

Buile Hill Park

Worsley and Westwood Park

Dukes Drive


  • Agecroft 
  • Peel Green 

The spaces left to grow on these sites will vary and be designed bespoke to each site. Once the flowers and greases have flowered and gone to seed, we'll leave wildflowers and grassland in place to allow plants to set seed for the next year.

Subject to weather conditions, mowing will commence between late summer and early autumn once the seeds have dropped. 

Pollinators like bees and butterflies are essential for our environment, but their populations are declining. By leaving grass to grow, we provide important habitat for these insects, as well as birds and mammals. Long grass improves conditions for bugs and insects, which in turn support our city’s wildlife. Research shows that mowing grass less frequently can produce enough nectar sugar for ten times the number of pollinators.

You can support our efforts by letting your own lawn grow and by participating in community cleanup events. Together, we're making a real difference for wildlife and our environment.

If you wish to discuss one of our no mow sites, please email the Salford Ranger Team:  rangers@salford.gov.uk

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