Grass cutting

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Update 15 May 2024 

Due to the recent mild and wet weather, the grass in our neighbourhoods is much longer than usual – in fact our grounds maintenance team have been taking two to three tonnes of grass to the recycling centre every day!

This has meant it’s taking longer than we anticipated to complete the first round of cuts across our patch. The team have completed cuts in 126 of our 128 mapped areas, so if we haven’t got to you yet – rest assured we are on our way.

We are currently looking at how we can catch-up on the cutting season and putting plans together to deliver this. We will also be extending the cutting season into October to ensure we can deliver the service. Thanks for your patience during this time.

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Many of the areas around our properties have communal green space which the whole community can enjoy and benefit from.

We maintain these areas all year round by cutting the grass, pruning shrubs, and keeping the weeds under control, and the cost is shared between tenants, private owners who bought their home from us after 2003 and leaseholders who live in the neighbourhood. The service is delivered on our behalf by Centigen Facilities Management.

The level of grass-cutting service provided depends upon the type of home in each area:

  • Most people benefit from a ‘standard‘ cut.  Grass is cut every two weeks during the summer season, with the first four and last three cuts being collected. The others have grass cuttings left in place to release 30% of the nutrients required by the lawn back into it, helping to keep moisture in the soil, and creating a healthier lawn.
  • HomePlus residents pay extra for an ‘enhanced‘ cut. For this service, the grass is cut and collected every two weeks during the summer season.
  • Areas where our homes are out-numbered by home-owners (who do not contribute towards the cost of the service) receive a ‘reduced cut-and-drop’ four times a year. Again the cuttings are left in place during the rest of the season to release nutrients back into the grassed areas, helping to keep moisture in the soil and creating a healthier lawn. Due to the less frequent cutting the grass is longer and more visible than in the areas we cut more frequently.

Visit our Summer 2024 grass cutting schedules page to see the locations our teams are planning to visit each week.

During the winter months, our ground’s maintenance team focusses on trimming trees, shrubs, and hedges, collecting fallen leaves, spraying moss and weeds, power-sweeping, turfing, and litter-picking.

If you have any questions about the service you receive, please speak to your Neighbourhood Housing Advisor.