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Garden maintenance scheme

The garden maintenance scheme is a grass cutting and hedge cutting service for elderly and disabled members of the community who have no one to help with the garden. We provide the service over the summer months.

How do I join the scheme?

Complete and return the following form depending on your local area:

To join the scheme you must either be a pensioner (aged 60 or over) or disabled; and have no other adult at home who can help with the garden. Once you have filled in your form send it to your local area office. You must provide original proofs of Date of Birth and any documents for DLA. We will write to you shortly afterwards to tell you if you can join the scheme.

Non-Council Tenants garden areas are required to be inspected by a gardener before they can be accepted onto the scheme. Depending on the size of the garden area the charge for the service may not be the standard cost as stated on this leaflet. Larger garden areas may incur additional charges.

How much does the service cost?

All Council tenants who qualify for the scheme receive the service free.

For anyone else, the charge is £210.18 including VAT

The charge depends on when you pay for the service. If you make payment in early April, the cost for 7 visits is £210.18. If you apply late, there is a sliding scale, depending on when you join the scheme. The following costs include VAT.

Non-Council Tenants will be issued an invoice for payment when the scheme starts.

Month Cost Visits
April (late) £180.16 6
May £150.13 5
June £120.11 4
July £90.08 3
August £60.05 2
September £30.02 1

What work will be done in my garden?

The gardener will cut the grass with a petrol lawnmower and tidy the edges of the lawn with a petrol strimmer. The Gardener will not do any other work on the lawn or flower beds.

A first cut and tidy may be required by the gardeners and this will incur an additional charge.

All tenants and non-tenants have the responsibility to bring the garden up to an acceptable standard before the scheme commences.

The gardeners will not carry out work on the garden if there is dog excrement present.

Hedges are cut twice each year, once in June/July and again in September. Due to health and safety of our gardeners, hedges above 5 feet in height require to be reduced to this height by the tenant/non-tenant. If you are not able to do so, this can be arranged but you will be charged for this work.

How often will my garden be done?

The gardener will come and cut your grass every 3 - 4 weeks. The service starts at the beginning of April and runs until the end of September so you will get 7 visits.

Please note that this is an approximate timescale and can change depending on weather, equipment and squad sizes for the year.

Twice a year the gardener will cut your hedge. This is usually done in June/July and September. The gardeners will only cut this year's growth but will collect all the clippings and take them away.

What happens if I have missed the start of the scheme?

We will pass your name and address to the gardeners who will usually put your name on the list for the next round of visits. In some areas, if you apply late, the gardeners may not be able to accommodate this.

If you have missed the start of the scheme your grass may be that but longer when it gets its first cut. It is difficult to get a perfect cut when the grass is longer, but if you have problems after the second cut, please contact us.

The gardeners cover all of South Ayrshire. Each team has numerous gardens on its list. When you join the scheme your address is added to the list and the gardener does your garden when next in the street or local area. So, depending on when you join, you could wait up to three weeks for your first visit.

Who do I contact if I have a problem?

If you have any problems with the gardeners or any questions about the service you can contact us at the following Customer Service Centres.

You can also contact us by calling 0300 123 0900.

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Last updated: 11 January 2016

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