Grass cutting and floral displays
We do all we can to ensure grassed and planted areas are kept neat and tidy for the enjoyment of residents and to benefit our wildlife. However, recent cuts in funding from central government mean that many of the services we deliver have had to change in order to make savings.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Grass cutting
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, grass cutting has been delayed.
We have a few weeks worth of cutting to catch up on, with reduced staffing due to social distancing issues. Our first cut of the year is having to be carried out with flail cutters, which are designed for longer grass, rather than our usual rotary cutters which are only suitable for shorter grass. As a result, the quality of cut might not be as neat as usual and there is likely to be more grass cuttings and cuttings on footpaths. We apologise for any annoyance this may cause.
We are trying to work as cleanly and effectively as possible. We ask for your patience while we do our best to catch up as quickly as we can with limited resources.
We have reduced the frequency of grass cutting across Gateshead. Cutting during summer now takes place once every three weeks instead of every two weeks. Some large open grassland areas that are not formally used for sport or leisure, will only be regularly cut along the edges of footpaths and roads.
We maintain floral displays in important public locations like Saltwell Crematorium. But, many other flower beds have had to be seeded with grass as we are no longer able to maintain them. We would welcome enquiries from residents and community groups who feel that they would like to look after planting in areas where we will no longer be able to continue.
If you have any further enquiries or would like to know more about opportunities for your community to become more involved in planting, call us on 0191 433 7000 or complete our online enquiry form.