|Grass cutting will resume, following a suspension to enable resources to be focused on supporting the council’s COVID-19 response.|
Some grounds maintenance has continued throughout this time, predominately within large open spaces to enable residents to get their daily exercise, as well as churchyards, cemeteries and sheltered accommodation.
We are now ready to reintroduce grass cutting on a wider scale throughout the county. This will be carried out in a phased return which will see all grass cut that is accessible for a ride-on mower. To enable the teams to do as much as possible throughout the county with a reduced workforce, the first cut will not include strimming around street furniture. The types of grass which will be maintained will be public open space land and highways verges within residential areas of both the county’s towns and villages.
We know that some people like to see wildflowers grow on verges and that they have a positive biodiversity impact. If they do cause a visibility issue near roads then we have to maintain them, but they are only cut one meter back wherever possible.
This year we will also be undertaking a number of wildflower trials across the county and have had lots of great feedback and suggestions of areas to consider. Residents will be kept up-to-date on the progress of this.