Or at least keep the mower, pesticide, herbicides and fertilisers off the grass. A lawn is a pretentious middle class monoculture of generally no practical function.

Longer grass with wildflowers, herbs and small shrubs provide food and cover for invertebrates and insects of all kinds. A study published yesterday showed a reduction in wildlife around the globe of 68% since 1970. (WWF et al).

My front lawn has been called wild and scruffy – thank you for the complement. My road has over 2ha. of front lawns – what a great nature reserve that could become?

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