Grass cutting reductions for 2017 to 2018

Last winter, the City Council consulted with the public on its proposed 2017/18 budget. 

The savings identified for Parks included a need to reduce the costs of grass cutting by 20% across the city. This has now been approved by the Council and is being implemented. 

Areas affected which will no longer be cut are predominately areas of low footfall and under tree canopy’s in an effort to minimise the effect on people visiting parks and open spaces. 

Litter picking will continue on these areas and consideration will be given to an end of season grass cut if feasible. 

There are many existing areas within parks and open spaces that are left unmown already.

Classed as rank grassland, these areas are of benefit to wildlife and help create a diverse mosaic of habitats within our parks and open spaces. 

It's common practice to mow desire lines within these areas to maintain access for users and the new rank grass will also be managed in this way. Main pathways and accesses will also be kept clear from obstruction.