The Grounds Maintenance team is responsible for carrying out various horticultural and grounds maintenance tasks throughout Test Valley: on road verges, parks, sports pitches, cemeteries, other open spaces, shrub beds and floral displays. The team also carry out grounds maintenance throughout the district on Hampshire County Council schools and some Parish Councils' open spaces.
The team manage Council playground inspections and repairs, ensuring that playgrounds are maintained to the national standards appropriate for children’s safety.
The majority of the team's work is grass cutting and hedge trimming. The team undertake both activities throughout the growing season, with the timing of cuts being dependant on a variety of parameters, not least the plant type and its growing speed.
The team do not cut hedges during the bird nesting period from March to the end of June, unless there is a real safety risk such as an obstruction to the highway or road junction sight lines.
To report overgrown grass or hedges on council land contact Customer Services on 01264 368000.