Over the past few weeks, the Town Council have received a number of calls regarding the length of grass in certain public and roadside areas of Trowbridge. Here’s a statement from Wiltshire Council:
“Wiltshire Council will begin a phased return to its grass-cutting services, following a recent suspension of the work to enable resources to support the council’s COVID-19 response.
“Small amounts of grounds maintenance have continued throughout this time, predominantly within large open spaces to support residents in getting their daily exercise, as well as churchyards, cemeteries and near areas of sheltered accommodation.
“The Council is now ready to reintroduce grass-cutting on a wider scale throughout the county. This will be carried out in a phased return which will see all grass cut that is accessible for a ride-on mower. To enable the teams to do as much as possible throughout the county with a reduced workforce, the first cut will not include strimming around street furniture.
“Due to the current length of the grass, the first two cuts will result in larger than normal amounts of cuttings left behind onsite. The Council also anticipates that the next two scheduled cuts will take longer than normal due to the length of the grass and asks that residents bear this in mind before reporting any long grass they may see while they’re out and about.
“The recent weather conditions have been perfect for the grass to grow, so the Council is working with its contractor to source different types of mowing equipment which will enable them to tackle the grass quicker and more efficiently for the first two cuts of this phase.
“The Council recognises that some people like to see wildflowers grow on verges and that they have a positive biodiversity impact. If they do cause a visibility issue near roads then the Council has to maintain them, but they are only cut one metre back wherever possible.
“This year the Council will also be undertaking a number of wildflower trials across the county and have had lots of great feedback and suggestions of areas to consider. Residents will be kept up-to-date on the progress of this.
In the meantime, please respect our staff while they carry out their work and rest assured we appreciate everyone’s patience while we get our schedule back on track.”