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Garden assistance scheme

Garden assistance scheme

About the garden assistance scheme
The council arranges for tenants to have their lawns and hedges cut at regular intervals during the growing season. 

Who is the garden assistance scheme for?
The scheme is for council tenants who have difficulty in managing their garden.

Who is eligible?
The service is free 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 professional 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 don’t meet the above membership criteria?
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. You will have to pay a charge which is added to your rent. The charge is payable for the whole year, not just for the period that the work is carried out.  The cost is not covered by housing benefit or universal credit.

Before we 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. 

The scheme is managed by the neighbourhoods team. 

To ask if you qualify, or for details of costs, please call the neighbourhoods team on any of the following numbers: 01246 345142, 01246 345354, 01246 345071.

Last updated on 30 April 2020