Community grounds maintenance

Community grounds maintenance

Our Grounds Maintenance Service ensures that our communal land around the district is maintained to a reasonable standard.

Looking after the community environment

This service is carried out by Countrywide on our behalf and includes the following:

Grass cutting

This runs from late February/early March to November/December. Grass cutting on the communal areas is a ‘cut and drop’ service which means that the grass cuttings aren’t collected.  However, parking areas and walkways will be tidied within four hours of the cutting being completed.  As a guide, areas are cut every three weeks, this extends to four weeks in the summer, when the grass typically doesn’t grow as quickly.  These timescales are indicative and not guaranteed.

Hedge cutting

Hedges are cut twice a year. We will do this either side of the nesting season after the 1 August and again before 1 March.  We avoid cutting hedges and shrubs from 1 March to 31 July, to help protect and support local wildlife.  Shrubs are cut once a year, during the winter months.

Weed control

Communal hard standing areas should be sprayed four times per year. The chemical takes a few weeks to take full effect, so the weeds will gradually go brown and die. Countrywide will return to the area once the weeds have died off, using mechanical sweepers to clear the area.


Countrywide will carry out gritting during the winter months at our Housing for Older Person’s schemes. Maps are provided to Countrywide to show where the gritting will be done. Gritting will start when the Met weather forecast states that the road temperature reaches -2 degrees Celsius for a period of three hours or more. Gritting isn’t carried out in any other areas, although we do try to fill our grit bins located around the district, enabling residents to grit areas for themselves if they wish.

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For more information on grounds maintenance, please contact our Estate Management Team Leader Rikki Burt on the details below:

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