Grounds maintenance

Machine spreading compost

Safer Cleaner Greener Teams are responsible for the grounds maintenance, management and upkeep of:

  • Over 120 sports pitches and playing fields;
  • 26 parks;
  • 30 ornamental gardens and displays;
  • Over 120 play areas.

We also look after many other public areas, open spaces, school grounds and highway verges.

Grounds maintenance duties vary widely and include grass cutting, weed spraying, maintenance of ornamental bedding displays and herbaceous borders, tree and shrub maintenance, and playground and sports markings.

Two men planting a tree

Our aim is simple, we want to maintain and enhance the local environment for the benefit of everyone.

Our four area teams are the same as the Calderdale Ward forum areas. Our teams are able to link with residents, working partners and community groups to respond to local neighbourhood issues.

Schedules

All our areas have maintenance schedules which help to keep the local environment in good order.

These schedules relate to the planting of bedding plants, grass cutting, hedge cutting, sports pitch maintenance and ornamental planting.

Some examples of the basic maintenance schedules that we work towards include:

Task Frequency
Mowing open space grass Every 2 weeks (between March – September)
Mowing amenity grass 5 times a year (between March – September)
Mowing low maintenance grass 2 times a year (between March – September)
Amenity hedge cutting 2 times per year
Ornamental hedge cutting 4 times per year
Flower bed maintenance New bedding twice a year, weed removal 7 times a year
Shrub bed maintenance Prune once a year, weed removal 6 times a year
Herbaceous border maintenance Prune and divide once a year, weed removal 6 times a year
Maintaining sports pitches Mark out once a year
Litter removal At every visit to maintained areas

This is a small example of all the routine tasks that our service carries out throughout the year to maintain Calderdale's parks, open spaces, streets and public spaces. Additional responsive duties are highlighted and dealt with when they occur. Please be aware that this is a guide only. Horticultural activities are often dependent upon weather conditions and as such may vary from the times specified.

If you have any views or suggestions on our grounds maintenance, or would like to report a problem contact Safer Cleaner Greener Services.

Report it online

You can request our services online:

Report dog fouling

Report fly-tipping

Report problem with cutting of grass verge

Request new litter bin

Alternatively, you can contact the service by:

  • Username Safer Cleaner Greener
  • Email parks@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Address
    Safer Cleaner Greener Services
    Spring Hall Mansion
    Huddersfield Road
    Halifax
    HX3 0AQ

Safer Cleaner Greener Services - working within your Neighbourhood Areas, delivering street cleansing, grounds maintenance, countryside services, play ground maintenance, tree management, park and nature reserve management services.