Grass cutting

Grass meadows

Our grass meadows sites will continue this year, following consultation with Ward Councillors and positive feedback from the public. Sites may change in future years based on our continue learning and management of sites.

Grass meadows promote biodiversity and improve conditions for wildlife. Some edges of these areas will still be cut in order to prevent longer grass overhanging footpaths and pavements. Any informal footpaths through these areas will also be cut to keep existing routes clear.

All areas will receive an early spring cut to tidy them up after the winter months and to encourage uniform growth. The grass and other plants on these sites will then be left to grow until they have flowered and set seed.

Areas where grass will be left uncut this year are:

  • parts of Sterte esplanade
  • Blake Dene open space
  • parts of Bourne Valley Park and South Park Road
  • parts of Selkirk Close open space, Rosamund Avenue and Ice Lane
  • sloped bank at Seldown Park
  • parts of Parkway, Portesham Way, Stinford Road, Warburton Road open space and Winterhayes Close in Canford Heath
  • central reservations of Upton bypass, Holes Bay road, Canford Way, Dorset Way, Ringwood Road (Alderney) and parts of Waterloo Road (site lines at junctions and roundabouts will still be cut)
  • both slow lanes of Upton bypass
  • parts of Baiter near the skate park
  • areas within Poole and Parkstone Cemeteries and parts of St Michaels Churchyard
  • parts of Bearwood playing field
  • sections of Gravel Hill and Queen Ann Drive verges
  • parts of Beechbank Avenue, Chaffinch Close and Upton Road
  • sections of Charter Road open space and Monks Way
  • parts of Turlin Moor and Ham Common/Rockley Viewpoint

The decline of many of the UK's species has been widely publicised in the media and we recognise we need to make a commitment to reduce these declines where possible. We also frequently review grounds maintenance operations and leaving areas uncut allows us to assess the sustainability of alternative management practices.

Wildflower meadows

The meadows have been popular over the last couple of years so more sites have been added this year. The full list of sites which we sow by ward are:

  • Alderney - junction of Ringwood Road/Wallisdown Road
  • Branksome West - junction of Alder Road/Yarmouth Road
  • Canford Heath West - Hatch Pond Road
  • Creekmoor - Fleetsbridge Roundabout, junction of Cabot Lane/Technology Road, Millfield (greenspace off Northmead Drive, this site also includes trial plots so the best way to manage these areas in future can be determined)
  • Hamworthy West - Turlin Moor at Blandford Road, Turlin Moor at Foreland Road
  • Merley and Bearwood - junction of Gravel Hill/Queen Anne Drive, junction of Queen Anne Drive/Rempstone Road
  • Parkstone - Ashley Cross Green, Vineys Plot (junction of Commercial Road/Salterns Road
  • Poole Town - Hunger Hill, Seldown Park, Mount Pleasant Roundabout (Parkstone Road)

Grass maintenance

Poole has over 300 hectares of grassland to maintain in parks, sports pitches, housing estates, cemeteries and roadside verges. That's equivalent to 420 Wembley-sized football pitches. Additionally there is around 60 kilometres of path edging to manage.

General grass cutting is the largest element of all our grounds maintenance work.

Cutting the grass on cyclical rounds during the cutting season. This can be as early as February if the weather is good. Cutting is reduced during drought periods and will not take place during, or immediately after, periods of heavy rainfall. Reasonable attempts will be made to:

  • clear cuttings from paths
  • clear litter when on cutting visit
  • repair minor damage; for example vehicle ruts

As well as general grass cutting they also maintain the following:

  • high speed roads such as dual carriageways. Cutting happens four times a year and can require additional traffic management and mobile traffic works
  • high Amenity Grass. Includes roundabouts with ornamental bedding or shrub displays and ornamental parks; for example Poole Park
  • fine turf. Limited to the putting greens and lawns surrounding floral displays (Poole Park only)
  • rough grass. Includes banks, sloping areas, grass tracks, informal paths and other miscellaneous areas, which cannot be managed as general grass
  • wildflower areas/nature conservation areas. These receive one cut each year, usually in late summer/early autumn once grasses and wildflowers have set seed
  • edging of paths, pavements and residential roads may take place during the winter when grass cutting is not required. Not all paths are edged every year

To keep our costs to a minimum (and to help protect the environment), we do not collect grass cuttings or systematically spray weeds. (Weed spraying may only occur on sports pitches and fine turf areas).

Our grass meadow sites are continuing this year following consultation with ward councillors and positive feedback from the public. Sites may change in future years based on our continued learning and management of sites.

Page last updated: 28 February 2019
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