Grass and grass cutting
The council has a team of staff that looks after the maintenance of our grassed areas around the city.
We also look after some areas by agreement with YHN and our colleagues in the Leisure Teams.
Our grass cutting and weed maintenance programme in Newcastle is:
- The majority of grass in residential areas will be cut on eight occasions (once a month) during the grass cutting season. This is typically between March and October, or April to November depending on weather conditions.
- Formal sports facilities and the bigger parks that more people use (Ouseburn, Leazes, Walker, Exhibition, Tyne Riverside and Elswick) will be cut 12 times per year.
- Areas of lower use or profile will be maintained as grass meadow and cut twice per year.
- Large areas of grass outside residential areas will be cut twice a year in June and September or October. Certain areas will be maintained monthly during the summer to allow pedestrian use and emergency access by vehicles.
- Some sloped areas will not be cut.
- Grassed areas which contain spring bulbs will remain uncut until eight weeks after the end of the flowering period.
- We do not collect grass clippings, but as grass will be longer when it is cut this will be more noticeable. We will work to minimise the impact of any clippings on the pavement.
The council has a commitment to bio-diversity to protect habitats and species in Newcastle. Our grass cutting arrangements in many parts of the city will help these local habitats. We will also reduce the amount of weed killer used in a number of areas to further support this commitment.