Our Grounds Maintenance team maintain some green spaces in the district including road side verges, shrubs, hedges and weed control. In addition to this the team also plant and maintain floral displays.
The grass is cut between the months of March to October to ensure that people can use roads and pavements safely. Although environmental issues are of paramount concern, grass cutting is actually carried out for highway safety reasons rather than environmental purposes.
The majority of grass is cut under contract for Hampshire County Council on their highway verges, these make up the majority of grass cutting in the district. The grass cutting teams are instructed to cut and trim the grass and then blow back the grass clippings onto the verge, this helps to reduce nutrient loss.
Please contact the relevant Parish Council if you have any issues with grass cutting in the following areas:-
- Town centres
- Memorial gardens
- Sports pitches
- Housing association land
We do not cut grass that is:
- Privately owned
- On properties/estates owned by bodies other than the Council
- Outside of the Hart District Council boundary
Please see our frequently asked questions document for more information about grass cuttings in Hart.
Grass verges planted with naturalised bulbs
Over the years the Grounds Maintenance team has planted thousands of spring flowering bulbs mostly (daffodil and crocus) throughout the district. Most of these bulbs are planted in drifts providing a beautiful display of colour during the early spring months. After the blooms have faded the grass is left uncut to allow the leaves to continue to photosynthesize and then die back naturally returning energy to the bulb in preparation for flowering again the following year. This means that the grass in these areas will get longer than in the surrounding areas and will only then be cut in June. This has the added benefit of allowing early flowering wild flowers to flourish in these same areas boosting the borough’s biodiversity.
Shrubs, hedges and weed control
Shrubs and hedges are cut back once a year during the winter. A response team is available to deal with overgrown footpaths and sight line problems at other times of the year. To report a problem please contact 01252 622122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hedge cutting does not take place from mid March to mid summer due to nesting birds unless there are health and safety reasons such as impeded sight lines or risk of harm to pedestrians. An environmental audit will take place where hedges need to be cut back in these instances to make sure that wild life is not adversely affected.
Hart District Council makes responsible legal use of non-residual herbicide and mulching techniques to control weeds in soft landscape areas. The chemical used is Roundup Pro, the active ingredient of which is Glyphosate. This is a non-toxic product that does not harm pets or wildlife. All our operatives and contractors are qualified to National Proficiency Testing Council standard.
How to contact Grounds Maintenance
Phone: 01252 622122
Write: Ground Maintenance, Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AE