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Topic : Gardeners urged not to cut the grass
2022호 5면
 
TITLE : Gardeners urged not to cut the grass

Gardeners urged not to cut the grass 

 


No Mow May: Here's why you shouldn't mow your lawn this May

 

 


A charity in the U.K. is urging people not to cut the grass in their garden. When spring arrives, many gardeners mow their lawn. The call to not do this is part of a project called "No Mow May". It is to help flowers grow wild and insects breed. No Mow May is a campaign to promote biodiversity. It is from the charity Plantlife.

 

The charity is also asking people to count the types and number of wild flowers in their garden. Plantlife says leaving the grass uncut creates a habitat that will help "our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us". Bees are an essential part of nature as they pollinate flowers. Cutting the grass means there are fewer flowers for bees to work their natural magic.

 

A spokesperson for Plantlife said garden lawns have the potential to be "biodiversity hotspots". Last year, the charity found over 250 species of plants on people's lawns. These included wild strawberry and wild garlic. Plantlife wants people to value wild lawns more. It said people would get a nice, colourful surprise if they did not cut their grass. One gardener spoke to the BBC about the joy of wild gardens. He said people care too much about having a neat garden and use too many chemicals. He believes not mowing the lawn lets people "reconnect with the natural world". Plantlife agreed. It said a wild garden "makes you feel like you're somewhere tropical instead of your own garden".

 

Source: Breaking News English 

 

Comprehension

What is the name of the campaign to stop people cutting their grass?
What does the charity say it wants its campaign to promote?
Who does uncut lawns help besides bees, butterflies and wildlife?
What does the article say bees work?
What did Plantlife say lawns have the potential to be?
How many species of plants can there be on our lawns?

Discussion

What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'garden'?
How important are gardens?
What do you think of the No Mow May project?
What should gardens look like?
What are the benefits of neatly cut lawns?
What are the disadvantage of uncut lawns?
How can gardens be 'biodiversity hotspots'?
Should we study gardening at school?

Vocabulary

charity - an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.
lawn - an area of short, mown grass in a yard, garden, or park.
habitat - the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.
pollinate - to take pollen from one plant or part of a plant to another so that new plant seeds can be produced: