Borough wide grass cutting service to restart next week

Posted on: Friday 12 March 2021

Weather permitting, the Council’s grass cutting service which covers the borough is to restart next week.

The Council is responsible for managing the grass on its own land holdings, which includes parks, open spaces, and the network of roads, cycle routes and footways. Grass verges border a large proportion of the highway network, and the management of vegetation is an important part of our green space maintenance programme. The Council also manages Bron Afon’s green spaces during the Summer months under contract. The Council also recognises it has a duty to enhance nature and to introduce actions that help adapt to climate change.

Grass is managed to:

  • maintain visibility for road users 
  • keep traffic signs clear 
  • keep verges passable for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists
  • maintain parks and other accessible green space
  • maintain habitats for wildlife including pollinators 
  • Climate change adaptation

Road verges and other green space provide an important resource for wildlife, therefore we have set aside a number of areas that will be cut less frequently for this purpose. New signage is to be installed to easily identify these areas. (website link here)

Locations where grass areas have been planted with bulbs (e.g. Daffodils and Crocus) won’t be cut until the leaves have started to die back, which is usually in late June. This ensures the bulbs produce flowers again the following year.

Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member of the Environment said: ““Last year when Covid-19 altered many of our services, grass cutting throughout the borough was reduced. This lead to an increase in wild flowers and other wildlife which we haven’t seen in a long time.

“Public support for continuing this grass cutting regime was high, so we have worked hard to come up with a schedule that meets the needs of the public in terms of safety and the environment. However, it is a balancing act, and one we continue to monitor.”

Veronika Brannovic, Local Nature Partnership Co-ordinator, said: “Road verges and urban grasslands provide important corridors for wildlife, especially pollinating insects like bees and butterflies, which is why we’re keen to create networks of wildflowers across Torfaen.”

Simon Morgan, Bron Afon’s Places and Spaces manager, said: “The changes to grass cutting last year led to our residents enjoying the sight of so much more wildlife and wildflowers in their communities. Our approach with our timetable for this year is based on what we learned in 2020. It will be that careful balance of safety and allowing areas to flourish where we can.”

If you have any questions about grass cutting please contact 01495 762200.

 

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