We do the following work as part of our normal activities:
- cut grass verges in spring and summer
- cut hedges between October and February
- spray weeds 3 times: in late-spring, mid-summer and late summer to autumn
Following government guidelines, Streets Ahead has restarted its grass cutting services on the highway where employee and public health and safety is not compromised. Our operatives have the equipment and support they need and, wherever possible, they are carrying out tasks alone or at a safe distance from others.
Grass cutting on some areas of the highway is crucial to maintain sight lines at road junctions, ensure safe access routes and prevent the build-up of litter on verges.
If a grass verge is longer than you think it should be, we might be about to cut it. There is a grass cutting programme and this may be one of the last verges to be done. We may also be holding off while there are flowers growing.
We may encounter some delays to our programme, which can be due to several factors, such as the weather, the number of teams we have available to cut the grass, a build-up of litter or longer grass which takes more time to cut.
Grass cutting schedule for July/August 2020
Week commencing 6 July 2020
- Beauchief (finishes)
Week commencing 13 July 2020
- Graves Park
- Nether Edge
- Firth Park
Week commencing 20 July 2020
Week commencing 27 July 2020
Week commencing 3 August
- East Ecclesfield
- West Ecclesfield
Week commencing 10 August
- Graves Park
- Firth Park
Trees and hedges
Trees and hedges are owned by, and the responsibility of, the person who owns the land. We usually own roadside trees, which are maintained through the Streets Ahead programme. Hedges are not usually our responsibility, though some in rural areas are maintained through Streets Ahead.
If a neighbour’s tree or hedge interferes with a road or pavement we suggest you contact them, asking them politely to fix it. In some cases it is necessary to serve a Hedge Cutting/Tree Pruning Notice under the Highways Act 1980. This states that the trees and hedges need to be cut back within 28 days. If the landowner fails to do this, then the owner can be taken to court. However, it is rare for this to happen.
If one of our inspectors believes the neighbour's tree or hedge is causing a serious problem to road users or pedestrians, we will carry out the works and then bill the landowner. This only happens in rare circumstances when no other approach has been successful.
If a tree we own interferes with a phone line or electricity cable you need to contact the relevant utility company. If you have concerns about the safety of the tree, contact us.
We are not required to remove trees or prune them if complaints are received about falling fruit or bird mess.
We aim to keep the following weed free:
- perimeters of buildings
- shrub and rose beds
- the base of hedges that belong to Sheffield Homes
- channels and edges of roads and footpaths
- obstacles in verges and along the bottom of railings
We provide floral decorations from our Norton Nursery.
It has a reputation for providing high quality flower displays on sponsorship sites or to enhance the look of shops, offices and buildings, including floral towers, baskets and plant troughs.
It also offers a full back up service of watering, feeding and dead plant replacement.
We design shrub and tree planting schemes to complement new buildings or enhance the look of existing sites.
Design schemes are individually tailored and include shrubs that flower at different times of the year, trees, evergreens and plants with varied foliage to provide seasonal interest, grassed areas and hard landscaping.
Please phone Norton Nursery on 0114 274 9654.