Council's grass cutting operations are in full swing
2 August 2016It’s the height of summer and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s grass cutting operations are in full swing with Grounds Maintenance Teams cutting the equivalent of over 93 football pitches every day.
The teams cut over five million square metres of grass verges and public open spaces, from March to October. The open spaces include seven major parks, 63 football pitches, 16 bowling greens, a croquet lawn and a cricket table.
On average teams are out and about across the borough cutting 140 acres (63 hectares) of grass a day.
There are several different standards and frequencies of grass cutting throughout the borough, ranging from wild flower areas that are cut twice a year, to ornamental areas in formal parks that are mown weekly during the growing season. Rural grassed areas are cut monthly and pitches or amenity areas are cut fortnightly.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Grass cutting and verge maintenance is just one element of the wide-ranging work our Grounds Maintenance teams do across the borough.
“Our teams usually work to a three-week cycle but the recent mix of sunshine and heavy showers means that grass and vegetation grows really quickly, also rain for more than 24 hours can affect our schedules. So, please bear with us if there are delays in your neighbourhood, teams are working hard to maintain our beautiful borough.” website to report it. The website aims to make reporting problems easier and provide useful information about the range of services the Council provides in communities across the borough, including Grounds Maintenance Standards.
Grass cutting in Saughall
Grass cutting team ready for action - Left to right: Simon Tague, Winston Barnett, Dave Parry, Chris Law, Ricky Bowyer
Strimming in Saughall
Paul Cottrell grass cutting with a Trimax in Little Sutton