Garden maintenance scheme
The Housing Service offers a garden maintenance service to some tenants who are not able to maintain their gardens themselves.
The assisted garden maintenance service is currently restricted to properties where gardens have side or rear garden access.
Staff will not work in gardens which can only be accessed by walking through the property.
What work is covered under the scheme? Toggle accordion
The scheme covers the cutting of grass and any hedges but does not include the maintenance of any bushes, shrub beds or trees.
16 grass cuts will be carried out between March and October and 4 hedge trims.
Please note – for residents of mobile homes, grass cutting only will be undertaken.
How much does the scheme cost? Toggle accordion
The current weekly charge for the service of £5.21 per week and will be collected as a service charge alongside the weekly rent. This charge is not covered by Housing Benefit.
Who is eligible? Toggle accordion
Tenants who live alone and are physically unable to maintain their garden and have no one in the district or locality who can help.
Tenants in receipt of PIP or Attendance Allowance and are physically unable to maintain their garden.
Already a member of the scheme Toggle accordion
Grounds maintenance across all Council Housing sites is manged by the Council's Parks and Green Spaces team, and your grass and hedges will be maintained by the Council’s Grounds Maintenance contractors John O'Conner.
- We aim to cut the grass in your front and/or rear garden up to 16 times a year between February and October depending on weather conditions
- We do not collect grass clippings
- We will ensure your paths are swept clean of grass cuttings
- Hedges will be trimmed up to 4 times a year between March and October
- Grass and hedges are maintained by different teams so will not normally be carried out at the same time
- If we are not able to access any part of your garden due to a locked gate, our teams will knock on your door and request access. If you are not in, we will leave a calling card giving instructions on what to dO
How can I apply?
Via your MyStAlbans account
You can return the form to us via the above email address or post back to us at:
St Albans City & District Council
St Peters Street
St Albans Herts
What happens next? Toggle accordion
If you are accepted onto the scheme, our contractors will first contact you to arrange a visit to assess the current condition of your garden. If your garden is initially in an overgrown condition, they will arrange for a one off cut back to get your garden into a maintainable state, before the scheduled cuts start.
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If any tenant is unable to maintain their own garden and does not wish to use this service, then they may wish to consider a transfer or a mutual exchange to an alternative property without a garden or with a communal garden.
The Housing Service runs a Tenant Incentive Scheme for residents looking to downsize. The Council offers a number of options, including payment of a downsizing grant.