Tuesday 24 March, 10.20am
Following national guidance regarding the vital importance of social distancing access to play areas across the region has been suspended. Green open spaces remain open, with the exception of Sheffield Park in Scunthorpe.
This is being done to help restrict the spread of coronavirus, protecting the safety of residents and the workforce.
Government guidance states that people should only go out once a day for exercise alone or with people in their household.
The team will be asked to re-focus their support to the most vulnerable people in the communities of North Lincolnshire.
To keep up-to-date with which council services have been affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, please visit our Coronavirus: live updates of council services affected page.
Parks, playgrounds and open spaces
We undertake routine grass cutting, tree and hedge pruning, and shrub and rose bed maintenance in all areas we are responsible for.
What timescales and standards do we work to?
We carry out bedding planting twice a year; in May and October.
We prune our hedges and trees between September and February in line with best practice guidelines: Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 includes for the protection of certain habitats, and the RSPB sets out best practice guidelines. These state that hedges should never be cut during the bird nesting season (between March and August).
Please note that during extended dry weather conditions, some grass cutting operations may become unnecessary, and continued bad weather may prevent some of our planned maintenance work.
If you notice that grass has not been cut in an extended period of time, you can report grass cutting to the council.
We also manage district and local parks. Our mobile gardening teams visit sites regularly to ensure that horticultural maintenance is carried out to a high standard.
Gardening staff ensure that the quality and range of horticultural features are maintained appropriately. These include:
- Grassed areas
- Litter collection
- Flower and shrub beds
- Outdoor sports facilities
Our teams also make sure that standards of cleanliness and health and safety are achieved by regular inspection.