North East Lincolnshire Council ups its grass cutting rounds
North East Lincolnshire Council is to cut the grass more regularly this year and will be completing rounds every two to three weeks – up from every four to five weeks the past couple of years.
As spring approaches, the mowers will soon be out doing the rounds when the weather allows, cutting their way through 2,938,000 square metres of grass – that’s the same as 374 Blundell Parks or about the same as 73,450 average size gardens.
As well as more frequent grass cutting due to start in March/April (weather permitting), the council will also be planting more wildflowers on grassed areas and verges across North East Lincolnshire.
Some wildflowers bloom on their own naturally and need no intervention, but others need seeding. Natural areas include Cleethorpes Boating Lake, King’s Road, Cleethorpes, Peaks Parkway and Weelsby Woods.
Areas that have been seeded with wildflower seed mix so far are Martin Wragg Way, Mathew Ford Way and Park Lane, Humberston.
Grassed areas include 270km of rural grass verges where a metre-wide strip is cut to give a safe site line for road users.
Teams also maintain the gardens along Cleethorpes seafront and seven destination parks including People’s Park, Weelsby Woods, Duke of York Gardens, Sidney Sussex, Haverstoe Park, Grant Thorold and Barratts Recreation Ground.
An interactive map has been launched by North East Lincolnshire Council to show the grassed areas that are its responsibility. The map also includes other local information such as nearby schools, parking, waste and recycling collections, leisure facilities and health specialists.
Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for environment, said: “We understand and appreciate that people take pride in their community.
“Last year, with the weather and the schedule we had, many grass verges became horrendously overgrown, which is why we are increasing our grass cutting rounds, in spite of unprecedented levels of cuts in funding from central government.
“Our wildflower planting is an ongoing programme that we’re planning for the next three to four years – hopefully even further.”
Councillor Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, added:
“Maintaining grassed areas and verges is important in keeping North East Lincolnshire looking tidy, which is why we have increased the frequency in which we cut the grass.
“But work like this is largely dependent on the weather, which is well beyond our control.”
To access the interactive map of North East Lincolnshire, visit: http://isharemaps.nelincs.gov.uk/responsive.aspx