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Grounds maintenance standards

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All green spaces managed by the Council are divided into 13 groups based on how they are used and the type of land. Maintenance standards are then set according to each set based on a range of maintenance tasks. The main groups are:

Parks and gardens

These range from major park sites to small memorial gardens. Parks differ from amenity green spaces in that they contain a larger number of leasure/recreation features and higher proportion of ornamental features.

Natural and semi-natural open spaces

Includes areas of woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Many of these sites will be noted for their biodiversity and wildlife conservation value and will provide a valuable resource for environmental education and awareness.

Amenity green spaces

Most commonly found type of green space through the Borough, primarily to enhance the quality of life for residents and improve the local environment. They are also particularly important for recreation in areas that are some distance from formal play facilities.

Outdoor sports provision

Natural or artificial surfaces used for active sport and recreation purposes/ Includes outdoor sports pitches, tennis courts, bowling greens & golf courses.

Children and young people’s provision

Areas designed primarily for play and social interaction involving children and young people. Usually involves areas of play facilities for under 12 yrs and skate parks,shelters and other facilities for young people aged 12 and over.


Areas provided for residents to grow own fruit and vegetables as part of the long-term promotion of sustainability, health and social inclusion.

Cemeteries and closed churchyards

Closed churchyards and other burial grounds for which the Borough Council is responsible for maintaining.

Green corridors

Linear routes including towpaths along canals, cycleways, rights of way and disused railway lines. These sites provide an important resource for walking, cycling, horse-riding and valuable green links through the Borough.

Civic spaces

Formal areas for residents such as civic squares and areas often used for community events and settings for civic buildings.

Sheltered accommodation

Open space provision specifically as part of enclosed housing areas, often for older members of the community.

Industrial estates

Green features, usually shrub or hedge planting provided to screen or soften the hard edge of industrial buildings and to enhance the visual appeal.

Car parks

Areas of shrub or hedge planting, usually to provide screening or to compartmentalise areas of hard standing.

Leisure centres

Green features, usually shrub or hedge planting provided to screen or soften the hard edge of industrial buildings and to enhance the visual appeal.

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