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Parks maintenance

Parks and green spaces

Grass cutting frequencies

Play areas

Winter maintenance

Health and safety

The Parks and Green Spaces team are responsible for the maintenance and management of parks, Local Nature Reserves, play areas and sports pitches. 

Parks and green spaces

All of our parks and green spaces have a work schedule tailored to each site's requirements and facilities. Our Green Flag parks and Local Nature Reserves have comprehensive management plans.

We also maintain:

  • Amenity areas (informal green spaces)
  • Bowling  and golf greens
  • Football pitches
  • Sports pavilions
  • Wildflower meadows

To report a maintenance issue within one of our park either:

Grass cutting frequencies

We aim to cut grass on a two week cycle. This is weather dependent and inclement weather may increase the times of the mowing cycle.

  • Amenity areas are cut up to 15 times from March to October.  After the grass is cut, parks operatives will clear cuttings from paths and roads.
  • Bowling and golf greens are cut three times per week during the playing season, reducing to once weekly until November. It is cut as required through the winter period.
  • Cricket squares are cut twice weekly during the playing season from April to September. The clippings are removed as this is best practice for fine turf areas.
  • Football pitches are cut as required.
  • Wildflower meadows are cut once a year. The cuttings are removed and composted to prevent the build-up of nutrients in the soil, which can change the species that grow in the meadows.

Please see the grass cutting frequently asked questions for more information.

Play areas

Our play areas are inspected on a weekly basis by our qualified play inspector and annually by an independent inspector. Repair and maintenance work is carried out when needed, depending on the recommendations from the inspectors.

All of our play equipment conforms to the European Playground Equipment Standard.

Winter maintenance

The winter maintenance programme begins in early October and normally continues until the end of March. It includes, tree and shrub planting and pruning, landscaping and development, path refurbishments and installation of benches and litter bins.

Health and safety

To ensure all staff and volunteers and are working in a correct and safe manner, we have risk assessments to cover all activities, safe codes of working practice and COSHH assessments. Measures are put in place on site when work is taking place to help keep the public safe.

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