Grass cutting update

As many residents will have experienced in their own gardens, the current periods of warm, wet and sunny spring weather have prompted very strong grass and vegetation growth.

Pink and white wildflowers in a long grass field

However, our grass cutting programme has been underway since early April and will continue until October. Please use our grass cutting schedule to see the overall programme and the order in which areas across the city are cut. Use the spreadsheet tabs to see what route your road is in. Individual roads are listed in the approximate order that they are cut but this is subject to change.

Week commencing 22 July 2024

One team is finishing West 11 and moving onto West 12. We have a new team that started in Eastwood 7 on Thursday 18 July. They will move onto Eastwood 8 once finished.

On average it is currently taking 2 to 3 days to complete each individual route, but this is just average with smaller routes taking less time and bigger routes taking longer. This average will improve as teams catch up and additional staffing that have been recruited has an impact. Grass cutting is also impacted by weather conditions and other factors.

We intend to develop this information in the future to make it more user friendly and accessible.

Background

The awful accident involving our parks teams has also had an impact on the speed that we have been able to complete a full round, with two of our staff seriously injured and two of our vehicles affected. The two staff members are both recovering at home. We recently recruited to cover these positions in the short-term, along with temporary roles to assist with strimming.

It was also agreed as part of the challenging budget setting process for 2024/25 that there would be a review of the parks service, which has seen a reduction in seasonal contract staff and some members of staff deciding to take voluntary redundancy as part of this.

However, despite this, our staff are working hard to get round the city. Grass verges are being cut on average every 35 days. Areas around trees, lampposts, fence lines, and railings are strimmed every third time we cut the grass.

Please also note that when it is very wet, as was the case for much of April and May, it is not always practical to cut and the finish is not so good with grass clippings and clumps of grass being dropped by the mowers as they move along and between verges for example. Should any verges and grassed areas become too wet and or waterlogged these areas may have to be left uncut until they are dry to prevent verge damage.

The parks team continue to work closely with the highways team to ensure that sight lines are clear for drivers and pedestrians, and are working as hard as they can to cut grass across the city.

Published: 4th June 2024

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