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Looking after our parks and open spaces

How we look after parks and open spaces and how you can report a problem

We work to keep our parks and open spaces looking their best by

  • cutting the grass
  • maintaining shrub beds and ornamental borders
  • cutting hedges
  • emptying litter bins and litter picking
  • maintaining sports pitches and multi use games areas
  • inspecting and maintaining play areas
  • sweeping hard surfaces, keeping them free of rubbish and weeds
  • maintaining park benches and cleaning toilet facilities

Grass

  • We cut grass on all council owned land.
  • Please contact Staffordshire County Council about road side grass verges.
  • We don't cut grass when daffodils and crocuses are flowering - the grass will be cut when the flowers have finished.
  • We try our best to keep to schedule but sometimes bad weather can make us late. Please bear with us if this happens - mowing on wet slopes can be dangerous.
  • We will do our best to catch up as soon as we can.
  • We only collect the cuttings from fine lawn areas, other areas are left to mulch.

Hedges

  • We do not cut hedges during the bird nesting season (1 February to 31 August)
  • Ornamental hedges are cut twice a year in June/July (depending on nesting birds) and in October/November. The cuttings are collected and composted

Shrub beds

  • We look after shrub beds on all our land.
  • Pruning shrubs helps strong, healthy growth and improves flowering.
  • Shrub pruning is carried out when it best suits the plant.
  • During pruning all dead, diseased, damaged or crossing branches are removed.

Trees

  • We monitor trees and carry out work when it's needed.

Rivers and Watercourses

  • We keep rivers and watercourses free of litter and obstructions.