We are responsible for maintaining over 600 hectares of grass verges, hedges, shrubs, ornamental floral planting, meadow and trees.
Use our online mapping facility to find out where and how the Council maintains it’s land. We will be adding further details of other operations soon.
The information below is given by local area within the Borough and not by Ward or Parish. Landscape features are not present within all areas so don’t worry if your areas is not receiving the same number of grounds maintenance operations.
The Council does not maintain land within school sites. For grounds maintenance and tree queries on school sites please contact the individual school.
Please view more information on tree maintenance.
Every effort is made to adhere to the planned timings and routes but grounds maintenance operations are subject to weather and ground conditions. Some operations along the road side are also affected by heavy traffic flows and may be rescheduled to ensure the operation is safe and does not unnecessarily delay traffic.
Grass cutting is generally carried out between March to November. We do not cut grass on land which is not owned by the Council. Football pitches are cut on a higher frequency than parks and open space to ensure the pitch remains suitable for play.
Hedge cutting takes place once per year between August and February to avoid the bird nesting season. Cutting usually takes place with a tractor. Cutting will vary depending on the hedge but hedges will receive either a side cut, side and top cut, two side cut or a two side and top cut.
Roads on housing estates are not currently swept on a routine basis; where a request for street sweeping is received a council officer will assess the request. If it is deemed that the street or part of a street requires sweeping this may be carried out by hand depending upon the nature of the request.
Weed spraying takes place twice per year. Generally once between March and April and once between September to October. The herbicide applied will only kill weeds with leaves it does not kill seeds on the ground which have yet to germinate.
We undertake some limited pruning to shrubs beds during the summer to remove excessive side growth to ensure that footpaths remain clear and the visibility at highway junctions is maintained. During this prune the tops are not cut unless required for visibility.
All council owned shrub beds are side and top cut once in the winter to bring the shrubs back to shape and size.
Each year we sow a number of wildflower beds across the borough on roundabouts and roadside verges.
Wildflower mixes can be bought from many garden centres and DIY stores as well as online.
The variety changes by location but some of the species included within the mix are:
- gypsophila elegans
- centaurea cyanus
- delphinium ajacis
- linium grandiflorum
- ammi majus
- atriplex hotensus
- coreopsis tinctoria
- cosmos bipinnatus
- papaver rhoeas
- viscaria oculata
- scabiosa atropurpurea
- salvia armeria
- hordeum jubatum.
The RSPB offer good advice on starting your own wildflower area.