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We have some beautiful countryside and greenspaces across the borough providing places for play, exercise, spaces to grow food, walking and cycling, areas for wildlife as well as providing an attractive environment to live and work.
We ensure the maintenance and management of these areas is covered by our Green Infrastructure which includes trees, woodlands, parks, green spaces, rivers, streams, allotments, footpaths, wildlife areas and much more. It also helps to provide us with clean air and water, and in the future it will play an essential role in helping us adapt to climate change, for example, by cooling our towns and reducing the risk of flooding.
Green Infrastructure Strategy
Our Green Infrastructure Strategy sets out how, through the future development and management of the borough’s green infrastructure network, we can make the Borough an even better place to live, work and visit.
Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan
The Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan sets out details of how the Borough’s Green Infrastructure Strategy will be implemented. It identifies a wide range of ‘Active Projects’ and ‘Outline Proposals’.
Our Grounds Maintenance team manage and maintain Council owned land which includes parks, cemeteries, recreational areas, open spaces and country parks. Maintenance works will vary due to the nature and use of the land which involves grass cutting, vegetation and weed management including footpath treatment, tree and woodland management.
Grass cutting, hedge maintenance and weeding
Our grass cutting and weed spraying programme generally runs from the beginning of April and continues through to the end of October. We do however respond to seasonal changes and may start or finish earlier than these times. From the beginning of November through to the end of March work mainly consists of pruning shrub beds and hedges.
Due to Government legislation, the only form of treatment which Local Authorities are permitted to use provide no barrier treatment to prevent the growth of fresh weeds which is why weeds can be evident even in areas where spraying has taken place.
Trees and Woodlands
Our trees and woodlands are managed by a team of qualified Arborists and are surveyed on a standard survey cycle of one to three years. Outside of this survey cycle the team will inspect and undertake works which they consider necessary in response to reports from the public. This may include:
- Damaged, vandalised or fallen trees/branches
- Dead, dying or dangerous trees
- Trees causing an obstruction within the public highway or footpath
- Trees causing actual visible damage to property or interfering with structures, streetlights, cables, signage etc.
For trees which pose a direct risk to public safety and require immediate attention please contact our Care for your Area Team on 01642 391959 or email [email protected].
For more information on Tree and Woodland Management please view the Policies and Procedures document.
Giant hogweed is a non-native, invasive species that has been around for years. The treatment of it is the responsibility of the landowner. Each spring we undertake annual chemical treatment on areas of Council-owned land across the borough and on the Public Rights of Way network.
We also respond to reports from members of the public. If the report relates to an area of Council-owned land we will carry out an inspection and follow-up with any necessary treatment and add the land to our annual treatment programme.
Where we know that there is giant hogweed on private land in the vicinity of the river, we refer this to the Tees Rivers Trust who undertake a chemical treatment programme of its own. We also offer advice to private land owners who have problems relating to giant hogweed.
To report a giant hogweed problem, or to seek advice on how to treat it, please contact our Customer Services on 01642 391959.