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Grass cutting

Grass cutting

Frequently asked questions

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

Grass cutting

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

We do not cut the grass that is:

  • privately owned
  • on properties/estates owned by bodies other than Mansfield District Council, or
  • when vehicles do not leave access or are parked on grassed areas.

We will cut the grass on all Mansfield District Council owned land and County Council highways:

Frequently asked questions

Why is the grass so long?

Cutting is carried out to a schedule and there are periods where the grass will grow quicker between cuts. Weather conditions can cause grass to grow more rapidly.

Can we cut the grass more often?

No, there is a limited budget for grass cutting. This is used as efficiently as possible. We must consider the physical area of grass we are responsible for and the time it takes to maintain it.

Why are there large amounts of grass cuttings lying on top of the grass?

The amount of grass cuttings will vary depending on how quickly it is growing. This will normally dissipate as the year goes on. During periods of wet weather grass may stick together under the mowers and then fall in clumps.

Why are grass cuttings not collected and removed during grass cutting?

We do not remove grass cuttings in the majority of areas. The cost of collecting and transporting grass around the district and the specialist machinery needed is both time consuming and expensive.

Why don't we cut or strim the grass at the base of trees and obstacles?

We use the largest mowers possible to cut the grass to make the service as efficient as possible. On some grassed areas these machines are not able to cut close enough to trees and bases of obstacles. Strimming around trees could cause damage as it could remove the bark. Instead we use a fully approved herbicide around trees and obstacles.

Why do we let the grass grow to different lengths on some areas?

This encourages the return of wild flora and fauna to our green spaces. Land use can also help determine how long grass should be. For example, formal parks require shorter grass and Local Nature Reserves are left more natural.

Why are we cutting the grass when it's wet?

Grass cutting is a large scale operation and cannot only be cut in perfect conditions. Cutting is suspended if conditions become so bad that we would be damaging the surface or putting our operatives in danger. Delaying grass cutting will mean it will take longer to cover the district and reduce the possibility of undertaking the proposed number of cuts.

I live next to an area that is maintained by the council and the mowers sometimes start working early in the morning and are quite noisy. Why can't they work later in the day?

Due to the scale of the service of maintaining grass verges, green spaces and parks within the district it is necessary to start work early in the day. Crews are asked not to start before 7am in heavily populated areas to cause as little disturbance as possible.