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Shrub and flower bed maintenance

Shrub beds receive a thorough reshaping prune as part of their winter maintenance, completed between November and February. Shrub beds are visited regularly between March and November with the focus being on cutting back vegetation restricting footpaths and sightlines, weeding and litter picking. The Council manages a number of flower beds across the Borough with the spring and summer bedding plants installed around October and June each year respectively.

 

Calendar of main grounds maintenance operations

 

Grounds maintenance calendar of works

 

Report shrub, rose and flower bed maintenance issues

The following photographs show the grading system used by the Council to assess and monitor shrub, rose and flower bed maintenance operations, grade A (acceptable) to grade D (works required).

 

Click here to report shrub, rose and flower bed maintenance issues

If a shrub, rose or flower bed requires attention, please report any concerns to the Council via the

All reports received by the Council are inspected, however if works are programmed in for completion within the required timescale no action will be taken thus allowing the Council's in-house service provider to keep to their works programme.

 

Shrub and rose beds - pruning

Grade A is the standard expected when a shrub bed has been cut during the winter prune. Grades B and C show the different stages of a shrub bed as it grows over a period of time. When a shrub bed reaches grade D, it is out of specification. Any reports the Council receives which are grade D will be visited within seven days.

 

Grade A - acceptable

Grade B - acceptable

Shrub bed has been well maintained with edges left clean and tidy.

Growth is not causing an obstruction/hazard. Programmed work to be carried out at next scheduled visit.              

Shrub bed maintenance grade A Shrub maintenance grade B pruning

 

Grade C - works due

Grade D - works required

Shrub bed is overgrown but not causing a hazard or restricting sight lines. Programmed work to be carried out on the next scheduled visit.

Shrub bed causing a major eyesore or an obstruction and restricting sightlines. Work will be prioritised to reduce hazard and carried out within 7 days.

Shrub bed maintenance grade C Shrub bed maintenance grade D

 

Shrub and rose beds - weeds and litter

Grade A is the standard expected when a shrub bed has been weeded. Shrub beds at grade B contain weeds but will not be visited until the next scheduled visit so the work programme can be kept to. When a shrub bed reaches grade C or D, it is out of specification. Any reports the Council receives which are grade C or D will be visited within 14 or seven days respectively.

 

Grade A - acceptable

Grade B - acceptable

Weeds removed.

A small amount of weeds evident. Programmed work to be carried out at next scheduled visit.              

Weed growth grade A Weed growth grade B

 

Grade C - works required

Grade D - works required

Weeds established and detracting from plants. Work will be carried out within 14 days.

Plants affected by significant weed growth. Work will be carried out within seven days.

Weed growth grade C Weed growth grade D

 

Grade D - works required

Grade D - works required

Significant amount of litter in shrub bed. Work will be carried out within seven days. Fly-tip in shrub bed. Fly-tip reports are investigated within 24 hours. Please report any fly-tips via the fly-tipping online form.
Shrub bed maintenance grade D with litter Shrub bed maintenance grade D with a flytip

 

Flower beds

The Council manages a number of flower beds across the Borough with the spring and summer bedding plants being installed around October and June each year respectively.

 

Grade A is the standard expected when a flower bed has just been maintained. Grade B shows a flower bed sometime after it has been maintained. When a flower bed reaches grade C or D, it is out of specification. Any reports the Council receives which are grade C or D will be visited within 14 or seven days respectively.

 

Grade A - acceptable

Grade B - acceptable

Free from weeds and litter, edged neatly and plants look healthy and of good appearance.

Plants generally in good health and appearance but bed is unevenly edged. Programmed work to be carried out at next scheduled visit.              

Flower bed grade A Flower bed grade B

 

Grade C - works due

Grade D - works required

Bed generally untidy with some weeds. Work will be carried out within 14 days.

Plants unhealthy and poor in appearance. Excessive amount of weeds in beds and not edged evenly. Work will be carried out within seven days.

Flower bed grade C Flower bed grade D

 

Click here to report shrub, rose and flower bed maintenance issues

If a shrub, rose or flower bed requires attention, please report any concerns to the Council via the

 

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