Bath and North East Somerset Council (the Council) is responsible for grounds maintenance of council-managed car parks and park & ride car parks, highway verges, parks and open spaces , sports and leisure and play area inspections and maintenance, on land that is owned by the Council both in urban and rural areas. The Council also provide a design and maintenance service to external organisations. The Council has to become more efficient in our grounds maintenance operations due to financial cut-backs from central government, so we will be providing ‘traditional quality using modern innovation’.
Between April and November we cut grass on a rolling schedule on land owned by the Council. The frequency of our grass-cutting is influenced by the weather conditions.
Many of the Council's Parks and Open spaces have wild meadow areas. The specific management of these areas can vary depending on local conditions, but in general we will leave the grass to grow longer for the benefit of wildlife to encourage biodiversity of plant and animal species. Where possible we try to introduce native wildflowers as seeds or small plants. We will cut the grass once a year, after the plants have set seed and then pick up the cuttings so they do not decompose. Wildflowers prefer impoverished soils.
When we cut the grass in non-wild meadow areas, the equipment we use mulches the grass to allow it to naturally decompose in-situ which is better for the environment. We will clear mowings from paths as soon as possible after cutting. In total we cut 50,365 miles of grass a year.
We cut hedges providing birds aren’t nesting at the time, except where there is an over-riding safety concern (e.g. along roads). In total we cut around 14.1 miles of hedges a year.
The Tree Managers in the Parks and Bereavement Services Team manage approximately 35,000 trees growing on council owned land within the district. We also manage over 100 hectares of woodland and implement new tree planting schemes. If you have a query relating to a tree in a council owned park, open space, cemetery, allotment, woodland, car park or on the public highway please contact the tree managers via Council Connect 01225 394041. Responses to frequently asked questions can be found here. The Council also has a level of responsibility in relation to private trees in falling distance of a public highway. We may be able to advise or take direct action if a tree is causing a hazard to highway users - if you have concerns over such a tree please contact the tree managers as above. The Parks Team are not directly responsible for managing trees on school sites, children’s Centre’s, Curo housing estates (formerly Somer Housing) or Sirona sites. Please contact the relevant site staff as below:-
Schools – contact the school directly, contact details can be found at
Children’s centre’s – contact the children’s Centre directly, contact details can be found at
Curo – Phone 01225 366563
Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and Conservation Area Regulations
Grounds maintenance of non-Council land
On non-Council owned land, the land owners are responsible for the trees, grass-cutting and grounds maintenance. Other green spaces may be the responsibility of housing associations, private landowners or other bodies.
Non-native Invasive Plant Species
The Council will treat non-native invasive plant species such as; Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, Ragwort, Rhododendron ponticum growing on Council-owned land. If you think there are non-native invasive species growing on private land or on your land or property not owned by the Council; we can provide you with identification, treatment and removal, however we will charge you for this service. For more information please contact us at Council_Connect@Bathnes.gov.uk or 01225 394041
How you can help us
You can help us to keep the grounds in good condition by: removing items of clothing, litter and dog mess off the grass so it can be cut. Litter and dog mess can now be disposed of in the same public litter bin.
Friends of Parks
Some local residents in Bath are joining together as a “Friends” group and volunteer their time to make additional improvements to parks. By working closely with the Council in this way many parks are further enhanced for the benefit of all that use them. If you ‘Love where you Live’ and would like to join a “Friends” group, or get one started, please click here.
Roundabout and Flower Bed Sponsorship
Bath and North East Somerset Council has a number of roundabouts and annual and perennial beds available for sponsorship. If you are interested in providing a donation or sponsorship please contact us at Council_Connect@Bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 394041
Hanging Baskets & Window Boxes
Bath and North East Somerset Council invite local businesses, companies, organisations and members of the general public to 'sponsor' or 'puchase' hanging baskets and window boxes. For Floral Displays, handmade, watered and tailored for you please click here or email us at Council_Connect@Bathnes.gov.uk or telephone 01225 394041
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