Park maintenance

Grass cutting

To quickly and easily find out when the grass in your area is due to be cut, please visit the grass cutting map.

Leaf clearance

The street cleaning district teams clear fallen leaves from pavements and road channels from October until January.

This work follows the same sequence as the routine street cleaning programmes but takes longer due to the volume of additional materials that must be collected and disposed of.

We ensure all streets are visited and cleaned as quickly as possible by working systematically through areas. We also respond reactively to reports of road drain grilles blocked by leaves or storm debris and slippery conditions in areas of high footfall. We prioritise areas near schools, bus stops, and accommodation for the elderly.

How you can help

Residents are responsible for clearing and disposing of leaves in their own property and garden. Leaves can be composted along with other garden waste to help improve your soil next growing season or taken away as part of the garden waste collection service.

When extreme rainfall conditions are forecast, residents can help by raking off or knocking away any leaves or storm debris that might block road drains.

We cannot clear leaves from your garden however we have a low cost garden waste collection service that you can sign up to. 

Report leaves and grass cuttings

If there is a build-up of leaves outside of the leaf clearing programme, please report it using the form.


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Report leaves and grass cuttings

Japanese knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is a major problem because it is a vigorous and invasive plant that spreads rapidly and is hard to kill. It can cause structural damage to buildings and hard surfaces like paths and roads. It can reach over three metres tall and forms dense thickets that kill off other plant life.

Japanese Knotweed spreads via its roots so there is no quick solution to removing it. The roots can spread as far as seven metres around and two metres deep. Trying to dig up the plant often results in spreading the roots and increasing the problem or moving it to new areas. For this reason it is classified as a controlled waste and must be disposed of at a licensed waste site.

Weed control contractors can be located through trade or business directories.

Reputable contractors should be Amenity Assured, BACCS registered and have warranty backed insurance. The Amenity Assured scheme involves three totally independent and separate audits being carried out annually on each contractor, including an unannounced on-site assessment, a full audit of a contractor's premises, records and certification and an end-of-season check with clients to ensure treatments have been successfully completed.

Before employing contractors from this list, they should be contacted to ensure that they meet these criteria.

Find out more information on Japanese Knotweed

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