Parks & open spaces

Parks & open spaces

Northumberland County Council maintains many areas of parks, gardens and green open spaces. We aim to ensure that these are well-kept for visitors to enjoy.

Parks & open spaces maintenance

The council provides a number of services to create a pleasant environment for residents and visitors.

Horticultural services
Neighbourhood services, in partnership with some town and parish councils, provide horticultural features in our town centres, parks and gardens. A programme of shrub pruning and maintenance is undertaken on a three-yearly cycle.
 
Weed killing is performed from April to October each year. The chemical herbicide used is based on Glyphosate, which has been subject to extensive testing and regulatory assessment in the EU, USA and by the World Health Organisation.

The council only uses products approved and licensed for amenity use.  These products are considered to be relatively non-toxic to dogs and other domestic animals.  However, if you are concerned as to the welfare of your pet then contact your veterinarian.
 
Grass cutting
The council’s grass-cutting operations commence from the beginning of April until the end of September, depending on conditions. The grass is cut around once every 14 days during this period.

The council cuts grass in some housing estates, parks, schools, highway verges and open spaces throughout the county, as well as in out-of-town amenities and country lanes.

Additional cuts may be requested by town and parish councils and housing companies in October and March. If a member of the public is particularly concerned about grass on footpaths, they can report the problem below or ring customer services on 0345 6006400.

Report an issue with grass cutting online

We do not collect grass cuttings, except on plots within elderly people’s residential developments.