North East Lincolnshire Council

Grounds maintenance

All horticultural activities are undertaken by the grounds maintenance team. This includes all grass cutting, flower beds, parks maintenance, play areas, shrubs and trees. The team work closely with street cleansing and our engineers. These areas are important for our communities and the team are always keen to work with our residents to ensure the area is what our communities require. The team maintain at the last count 1800 highway trees, 9,646 hectares of grass cut every year, weed spray 5,609 miles of roads and paths and maintain 40 equipped play areas. With a growing community these figures are constantly increasing.

We have two cemeteries that fall under the care of North East Lincolnshire Council that is Cleethorpes and Grimsby. We also have one Crematorium in Grimsby.

Cleethorpes cemetery on Beacon Avenue opened its gates in 1877, is approximately 31 acres and a chapel that may be used by the bereaved as part of the funeral service. The site also contains 77 First World War burials. Thirty-one men of the 3rd Manchester’s, billeted at Cleethorpes, were killed in a Zeppelin raid on the 1st April, 1916. Of the 80 Second World War burials in the cemetery, 49 form a war graves plot.

Grimsby cemetery Scartho Road contains 291 scattered burials of the First World War, many of them seamen who served with the Auxiliary Patrol which operated out of Grimsby. Included in the total are special memorials to three casualties buried in Grimsby Old Cemetery where their graves could no longer be maintained. During the Second World War, boats of the Grimsby fishing fleet were attacked at sea, and the town and port were bombed many times, incurring casualties among servicemen as well as civilians. The cemetery contains 258 Second World War burials, almost 200 of them forming a war graves plot. There are also 17 war burials of other nationalities, many of them German prisoners of war from the camp at nearby Weelsby. Within our Grimsby site we now have a woodland burial this area has been planted with trees and these are now reaching some maturity. This provides a quiet tranquil site where you can site and be close to nature.

The crematorium is at the end of Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby. The crematorium opened in 1954, the extensive grounds are laid to lawn, with a memorial garden, and many varieties of trees and shrubs. There is car parking outside the grounds to the Crematorium, a waiting room with public toilets, and also disabled persons toilet facilities. There are no catering facilities.

Report Ground maintenance issues by completing our online form for Cemeteries and Crematorium Bereavement Services.

Rural verges are on our link roads and around the wolds. These are cut once a year and contain a wide variety of wild flowers. Although cut only once a year we do maintain what we call sight lines. This is where good vision is needed at corners and bends. In this situation the area is cut more frequently.

Request an area to be cut by completing our online form for Road verge cutting in rural areas.

In North East Lincolnshire Council we have a dedicated tree team responding to any emergency work throughout the year. Routine work and non-emergency work is carried out through the winter months. These are starting October and we look to have all the work completed by April.

Report issues with park or street trees by completing our online form for Trees or hanging branches.

All grass in our parks and verges is managed to the same standard unless it is a playing pitch or sports field. The equipment used ranges from a walk behind mower to the ride on triples and gang mowers towed behind a tractor. Grass cutting is carried out every 4 to 5 weeks.

Report issues with grassed areas by completing our online form for Grass cutting.

Most of our parks are open 24/7. We do have some parks that are locked and these are locked at dawn and opened at dusk. We also have 40 equipped play areas in North East Lincolnshire some on our parks and some in the housing estates. They have a wide variety of equipment covering all ages. Some the equipment is wood and some in steel all in keeping with the style of the area or park.

Report issues with locked parks and play areas by completing our online form for Parks and play areas.

Our ornamental flower beds in parks, sea front and roundabouts are changed twice a year with winter and summer bedding. Then a small team work on them mainly through the summer months keeping them weed and litter free.

Report issues or damage to flower beds by completing our online form for Flower beds and planters.

Shrubs and hedges come in our winter work maintenance program and this is from October and we aim to have all the work completed by April. This keeps the areas look good and leave the habitats for the wildlife through the summer.

Report issues with any hedges or shrubs by completing our online form for Shrubs and hedges.

Weed spraying is carried out through the summer 3 times a year. This is done by a back pack pump and from quad bikes. The chemical used is a biodegradable one that only work on contact with the weed.

Report issues with weed growth by completing our online form for Weed spraying.

This includes:

  • Inspecting following a grass maintenance enquiry
  • Ensure that vegetation is not allowed to obscure road signs
  • Cut rural road verges to maintain adequate visibility
  • Regularly clear litter, leaves, weeds and other debris from ponds
  • Cut back shrubs and hedges in order to prevent them obstructing footpaths
  • Regularly remove litter from around grassed areas, under hedges and around trees
  • Cut wildflower meadows at appropriate times of the year and remove the cut grass from site
  • Maintain rose beds, rockeries and flowerbeds and regularly clear them of weeds and litter
  • Keep football and cricket pitches clearly marked out and suitable for playing on throughout the playing season

You can help us by not dropping litter. Put it in bins where provided or take it home.

You can pay outstanding grounds maintenance charges in our Pay it section.