The Grounds Maintenance Contractors that carry out the Council’s shrub and hedge cutting (Countrywide) were unable to cut the hedge pictured below at Coleridge Close last week due to noting that birds were nesting. Therefore, this hedge will be revisited in the Autumn schedule (September-November) when it can be cut safely.
Countrywide risk assess every hedge prior to cutting to ensure the works can take place and provide us daily with an update of where they have been cutting for our team of quality checkers to sign off before Countrywide move on to the next area. Reports of the quality of the hedge cutting, where the team are up to on the schedule and any issues arising are taken to our Amenities & Leisure Committee (who deal with all the Parks & Open Spaces) for consideration.
A brief quote from the Contracts Manager below:
“The shrub pruning at this time of year is necessary to keep your paths and pedestrian ways clear of the growth, which started very early this year due to the mild winter we had. This is required to ensure no Health & Safety risks to your residents from growth coming out onto pathways and is very normal in suburban areas and high foot traffic areas.
The teams are advised to check on nesting birds prior to any trimming taking place and also have all signage necessary when hedge cutting.”
The team are off to a flying start and already the area is looking much neater and cared for, they will be continuing the schedule in Haydon Wick (Woodhall Park, Moredon and Greenmeadow) over the next few weeks and then moving on to Abbey Meads, Haydon End and Oakhurst over the next few months.