As of 1 April a new grass cutting service will start in the Wokingham Borough.
Under the contract, the borough council’s new grounds maintenance contractor, will target grass cutting at areas of most importance to residents and will maintain the grassland and wildflower meadows that have proved popular at Cantley Park in Wokingham, Ashenbury Park in Woodley and on the Woosehill Spine Road.
The key innovations of the contract include:
- A flexible grass cutting service; under which grass will be cut when necessary rather than relying on a fixed schedule
- A new performance management scheme that will have a greater focus on customer satisfaction and the quality of the service provided
- A strong focus on enhancing biodiversity by providing areas of longer grass and wildflowers in which pollinators and other wildlife can flourish
- The contract has been designed with input from a public consultation held in 2014, during which residents told the council that they would welcome a more flexible grass cutting service that targeted priority areas at priority times.
Thanks to a joint procurement with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, the new contract will save the council approximately £40,000 per year.