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Garden assistance scheme

Garden assistance scheme

About the garden assistance scheme

The council arranges for tenants to have their grass and hedges cut at regular intervals during the growing season, which is a period of eight to nine months.

The scheme is managed by the neighbourhoods team.


Who is the garden assistance scheme for?

The scheme is for council tenants who have difficulty in managing their garden.


Price for hedge and grass cutting services

Grass cutting costs £3.74 per week and hedge cutting costs £0.73 per week.

The weekly price is added to tenants rent for the full 12 months.

The services are carried out during growing season, which is a period of eight to nine months.

The cost is not covered by housing benefit or universal credit.


Who is eligible?

The service is free for people who claim disability benefits, or to anyone who is aged 75 and over.

If you are disabled but do not claim benefits, you can get a letter from your doctor or
other professionals stating that you are physically unable to manage your garden.

If you qualify for the free service and are under 75, you will need to provide a copy of your benefits entitlement to be accepted onto the scheme.

Tenants on the scheme should have no one living with them who is physically able to cut grass and hedges or have anyone else living nearby who is able to help with gardening.

Can I apply if I am not eligible?

Tenants who have difficulty in managing their gardens but do not qualify for the free service can still apply to go on the garden assistance scheme.

You will need to be claiming a means tested benefit and you will have to pay a charge which is added to your rent.

The same pricing applies to non-eligible tenants that enter into the garden assistance scheme.


What do I need to do before work can start?

If your garden is overgrown to begin with or has rubbish on it, you may have to pay for it to be cleared before we start gardening for you.


Service frequency

How frequently we cut the grass depends on the weather and how fast the grass is growing. Hedges are cut twice a year. 


Application form

Complete the application form below to apply for the garden assistance scheme.

If our documents are not accessible to you, you can request a different format here.
Garden Assistance Scheme application Word (Word 25 KB)


To ask if you qualify, or for details of costs, please contact either Ashley Findlay on 01246 936250 or at or Karl Peters on 01246 345354 or at

Last updated on 29 April 2022