Park maintenance

Trafford is home to 92 parks, with the One Trafford Partnership responsible for maintaining and improving play areas and other park assets across the borough. Trafford currently has eleven Green Flag Award parks. The Green Flag is awarded to a park or green spaces that showcases a well maintained and clean space, biodiversity and heritage, community involvement and more. 

Every year, a programme of improvements is agreed to identify improvement works across parks and green spaces. Over the last five years, approximately £1.1 million has been invested into keeping Trafford play areas safe and open for the enjoyment of children across the borough.

Maintaining parks - what we do

We have a dedicated team who maintain parks and green spaces all year around. This means:

  • We aim to cut grass 14 times a year, every 2 to 3 weeks between late March and October. We keep to this schedule when we can, but we can't cut grass if it's wet
  • The team use large mowers to cut an open area of grass, which can take more than one day to complete. If needed, we return later to use smaller machinery to cut around trees and other obstacles
  • Grass cuttings that fall on public footpaths are collected, but we don’t collect grass from open areas
  • Ornamental feature beds are maintained to provide floral displays between June and October in Denzel Gardens, Flixton Gardens, Longford Park and Stamford Park  
  • We aim to trim hedges, between February and March before the bird nesting season. Then again in August and September where required, if not done earlier in the year
  • Where required, footpaths are edged, once a year over the winter months  

Where we don’t cut the grass

We don’t cut grass: 

  • On land that is privately owned
  • Where we're keeping the grass long to attract bees and increase the number of areas where bees can live in the borough. Bees naturally feed on the flowers made by long grasses and wildflowers. As bees are in danger of becoming extinct, we want to leave the landscape as friendly as possible for bees, butterflies and other pollinators where we can  
  • On properties owned by Trafford Housing Trust (THT). You should contact THT if you live in one of their houses and have a question about cutting your grass. Contact THT
  • On properties owned by any other housing association or landlord. You should speak to them directly if you've a question about cutting your grass

 Tree management

Trafford Council’s Tree Management Unit are responsible for the management, inspection, and maintenance of all council owned trees throughout the borough. See what they do on our tree management page.

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