Grass, weeds and shrubs

This page covers the maintenance of grass, weeds and shrubs on highways. 

Management of shrubs, grass and weed growth within parks and open spaces, housing sites, schools and other council building may be different and the responsibility lies with the department or site outlined below.

If the information on this page does not provide the details required please report the issue using the online form.

 

Weeds

The main way weeds are controlled on the streets is through the application of a weed killer during four treatments each year. All treatments, on hard surfaces (pavements, road gullies/gutters), should be carried out between February and December on a twelve-week cycle.

The weed killer is only applied to the growth visible during the visit, which means that new weeds will start to grow after the each visit. There has been an exceptionally large amount of growth in 2022 between each treatment, due to the good weather, which is currently taking longer to treat.

Weed treatment programme

The weed treatment programme has been completed for 2022. Once the 2023 programme has been confirmed further details will be shown here.

 Find out what ward your road is in

 

A schedule is agreed between ourselves and the contractor prior to the start of the season. Any amendments during the year are agreed by both parties. The contractor provides a weekly update on the progress of the work programme. The contractor is also required to carry out an element of self-monitoring and submit the results to us. We then carry out sample monitoring of the contractors self-monitoring.

  • Soft surfaces are treated with weed killer once a per year
  • Hard surfaces treatment vary between 2 and 5 times per year

The frequency of treatments throughout the borough varies depending on the growth rate of the weed within the areas. Some areas experience a greater amount of weed growth than others, due to a number of reasons, including:

  • neighbouring vegetation
  • make-up of the road and pavement surface – weed growth is generally greater on paved areas than tarmacked areas

Unless you have the appropriate licence and direct approval from the council, it is against the law for anyone apart from the council's contractor to apply weed killer on public land. 

The weed killer works programme is subject to change during unsuitable weather conditions, such as:

  • during or immediately after rainfall
  • high or gusty winds
  • extremely high temperatures (above 30 degrees Celsius)

For the majority of roads and pavements within Redbridge, the weed killer is applied manually by a member of staff, who walks the street with the weed killer within either a knapsack on their back, or a lance, where the weed killer is located within the lance.

On rural roads (areas that generally do not have footpaths) and central reservations, a specially equipped vehicle is used to apply the weed killer as it is considered too hazardous to apply it manually.

Types of weed killer

There are two types of weed killer used in Redbridge:

Contact weed killer

This controls weeds that it comes into direct contact with and is absorbed by the plant, so it also reaches the root system of the plant. It becomes inactive on contact with any other surface, e.g. paving or soil. This weed killer is used on both hard and soft surfaces. We use Roundup ProVantage which is a Glyphosate based weed killer.

Residual Weed Killer

This is used on soft surfaces only and is applied directly to the soil, where it creates a shallow barrier on the surface of the soil, that inhibits any seeds within that area, from germinating; this means it prevents weeds from starting to grow.

This weed killer is normally applied only once in the year. The success of this weed killer varies greatly, depending on weather conditions. Extensive or heavy rain can dilute the weed killer and wash it out of the ground. We use Pacaya which is a herbicide that contains flazasulfuron.

On occasion, a moss killer is also applied to areas where there is significant moss growth.

Timings can vary depending on the type of weed and the weather conditions. Generally, the weeds will take two to three weeks to fully die. However, grass tends to die a lot quicker and broadleaf weeds (such as dandelions) can take longer.

Some weeds are more resistant to the weed killer and may take much longer to die. In some cases, certain species of weed are removed manually due to their resistance to the weed killer.

Weeds take longer to die if the temperature is low (below 8 degrees Celsius) or high (above 30 degrees Celsius).

The dead weeds are not generally removed once they have died, but disperse naturally. Where weed growth is prolific, the street cleansing team may remove the larger weeds when they have died. If the weeds have not dispersed after two to three weeks of the weeds dying then the council's cleaning team may remove weeds manually.

In roads where there is pavement parking it may not be possible to treat weeds under a car; therefore, once other weeds die and the car moves, there may be to 2 metre stretches of kerb where weeds are still growing. Operatives will not return out of programme to treat these areas and they should be treated during one of the next programmed visits.

As part of our community gardening initiative, residents are encouraged to apply in December to adopt street tree pits for planting with wild flowers.  The application period is over and we received an overwhelming response to adoption and over 1,300 tree pits have been adopted across the borough.

From February 2021 we will be planting replacement street trees with blue labels on them and we would like your help to adopt and water the tree outside your house without having to complete a tree pit adoption application.

To find out more about how to adopt and water a tree on the highway to help encourage tree growth and blossom in your area, please visit our Adopt and water a tree page for more information.

 

Grassed verges

The grass verges are cut eight-times in the year, which means there are approximately five to six weeks between the cuts. The grass grows at different rates throughout the year, with the fastest rate being between April and June and during the rest of the year the grass tends to grow slower, but the flowers and seed heads will continue to grow quite tall.

Grass cutting programme

The grass cutting programme has been completed for 2022. Once the 2023 programme has been confirmed further details will be shown here.

 Find out what ward your road is in

 

Grass cuts each year will vary, as some locations are managed differently for a specific reason. There are three main categories:

Grass verges

There are about 240 highway grass verges in the 22 Redbridge wards, covering 165,000 square metres. The verges are cut eight times each year on an approximate four to six-week cycle.

The cutting starts in March and generally is completed in November or December.

The programme is subject to alteration due to weather and ground conditions.  Cutting is not carried out in heavy rain or if the ground is too soft due to waterlogging.

Cutting may be suspended in periods of prolonged hot weather when the grass dies back; this is to prevent damage to the grass and ground surface.

Rural Road verges

Verges adjacent to farmers fields and in non-residential areas (mainly in the Aldborough and Hainault wards) are cut twice per year, to maintain sight lines for motorists.

For safety reasons, this work is generally carried out using a tractor, with a cutting arm attached to it.

Redbridge Council is  promoting bio-diversity schemes and wildflower meadows on the highway at the following highway locations to create Grow Zones:

  • Billet Road, Aldborough
  • Broadmead Road, Monkhams – near junction of High Road
  • Bunces Lane, Churchfields
  • Caernarvon Drive to Fullwell Avenue footpath, Fullwell
  • Chigwell Road, Bridge – near Park
  • Chigwell Road, Churchfields – near allotments
  • Claybury Broadway, Clayhall
  • Dale Gardens, Monkhams
  • Epping New Road, Monkhams
  • Fieldhouse Close, Churchfields
  • Fullers Road, Churchfields
  • Hazelbrouck Gardens, Fairlop
  • Hermitage Close, Wanstead Village
  • Hermon Hill, South Woodford - junction of Cranbourne Avenue
  • High Road, Churchfields
  • High Road, Monkhams
  • High Road, Goodmayes
  • Hurstleigh Gardens, Fullwell
  • Ilford Lane, Loxford
  • Lakehouse Road, Wanstead Park
  • Lambs Meadow, Fullwell
  • Loxford Lane, Loxford
  • Manford Way, Hainault – junction of Manor Road
  • Mildmay Road, Clementswood
  • Mildmay Road Car Park, Clementswood
  • Nelson Road, Wanstead Village
  • Rodney Road, Wanstead Village
  • Overton Drive, Wanstead Park
  • Primrose Road, South Woodford
  • Riches Road Subway, Ilford Town
  • Roding Lane South, Clayhall
  • Romford Road, Hainault
  • Station Road, Aldborough
  • Station Road Car Park, Chadwell
  • Sydney Road, Monkhams
  • The Drive, Wanstead Village - junction with Snaresbrook Road
  • The Vale, Churchfields
  • Tomswood Hill, Fairlop
  • Wanstead Place, Wanstead Village
  • Winston Way, Ilford Town – rear of car park

The grass at these locations is being left to grow to encourage wildflowers and grasses to sow their seeds. The areas are cut and collected once or twice a year,  depending on rate of growth and location, in the summer and winter to improve the range of species the Grow Zones can support.  Through this initiative the area now covered by Grow Zones is 17% of the total area of grass on the highway.

This winter the highway grow zones should be cut by the end of February 2023

In 2021, 5 sites were monitored to make a note of wildflowers and grasses species  and 116 different plants were identified by the end of August.

In 2022 the same sites were monitored and 162 wildflowers and grasses species have been identified by the end of September, showing an increase in biodiversity between the two years.  All species identified this year are listed below and this helps to show the biodiversity benefit of reducing the frequency of mowing. 


Common name Botanical name Month first noted
Autumn Hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis July
Annual Meadow Grass Poa annua May
Annual Mercury Mercurialis annua April
Barley Brome Grass Hordeum glaucum May
Barnyard Grass Echinochloa crus-galli May
Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis April
Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus May
Bitter Lettuce Lactuca virosa April
Black Horehound Ballota nigra April
Bramble Rubus fruticosus April
Bristly Ox Tongue Helminthotheca echnoides April
Broad-leaf Plantain Plantago major August
Bucks-horn Plantain Plantago coronopus May
Bulbous Buttercup Ranunculus bulbosus April
Burnet Bloodwort Sanguisorba officinalis April
California Poppy Eschscholzia californica June
Cats Ear Hypochaeris radicata April
Cleavers Galium aparine April
Cocks Foot Dactylis glomerata September
Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris April
Common Bent Agrosis capillaris July
Common Burdock Arctium minus April
Common Chickweed Stellaria media April
Common Comfrey Symphytum officinale April
Common Forget-me-not Myosotis sylvatica April
Common Knapweed Centaurea nigra June
Common Marjoram Origanum majorana April
Common Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris April
Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea April
Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa April
Common Sow Thistle Sonchus oleraceus May
Common Teasel Dipsacus fullonum April
Common Thistle Cirsium vulgare April
Common Vetch Vicia sativa April
Corn Cockle Agrostemma githago June
Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris April
Cow Parsnip Heracleum maximum April
Creeping Bellflower Campanula rapunculoides May
Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens April
Creeping Cinquefoil Potentilla reptans April
Crepis-dandelion Crepis vesicaria April
Curly Dock Rumex crispus April
Cut-leaf Cranesbill Geranium dissectum May
Daffodil Narcissus April
Daisy Bellis perennis April
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale April
Dewberry Rubus caesius July
Dock Rumex obtusifolia April
Dog Rose Rosa canina July
Dovesfoot Cranesbill Geranuim molle April
Dusty Miller Jacobaea maritima April
Dwarf Mallow Malva neglecta April
Dyers Rocket Reseda luteola July
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis July
Elmleaf Blackberry Rubus ulmifolius July
English Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta May
False Barley Grass Hordeum murinum May
Fat Hen Chenopodium album July
Field Mustard Brassica rapa May
Field Scabious Knautia arvensis September
Field Speedwell Veronica persica April
Field Thistle Cirsium discolor April
Firethorn Pyracantha coccinea July
Garden Violet/Sweet Viola Viola odorata April
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata April
Golden Ragwort Senecio aureus April
Greater Plantain Plantago major April
Greater Spearwort Ranunculus lingua May
Greek Mustard Erucastrum incanum May
Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens April
Groundsel Senecio vulgaris April
Guernsey Fleabane Erigeron sumatrensis September
Hairy Bittercress Cardamine hirsuta April
Hawkweed Ox-tongue Picris hieraciodes May
Hawksbeard Crepis biennis April
Heart-pod Hoary Cress Lepidium draba April
Heart Seed Grass Eragrostis capensis June
Hedge Bedstraw Galium mollugo April
Hedge Mustard Sisymbrium officinale May
Hedgerow Cranesbill Geranuim pyrenaicum May
Herb Bennet Geum urbanum April
Herb Robert Geranium robertianum April
Hoary Plantain Plantago media April
Hoary Mustard Sinapsis arvensis July
Horehound Marrubium vulgare April
Hungarian Brome Bromus inermis September
Italian Hawksbeard Crepis bursifolia May
Ivy Hedera helix April
Knotgrass Polygonum aviculare May
Lady's Bedstraw Galium verum June
Least Pepperwort Lepidium virginicum July
Lesser Canary Grass Phalaris minor May
Lesser Celandine Ficaria verna April
Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea May
Lesser Swine-cress Lepidium didymum July
Lincoln Weed Diplotaxus tenuifolia May
Long Smooth-headed Poppy Papaver dubium July
Long-stork Cranesbill Geranium columbinum April
Mallow Malva sylvestris May
Marigold Calendula officinalis April
Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris April
Meadow Foxtail Alopecurus pratensis May
Meadow Thistle Cirsidium dissectum April
Narrow Leaf Ragwort Senecio inaequidens August
Northern Hawksbeard Crepis mollis July
Oil Seed Rape Brassica napus May
Old Mans Beard Clematis vitalba August
Orchard Grass Dactylis glomerata May
Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale May
Oregano Origanum vulgare June
Ox-Eye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare June
Perennial Rye Grass Lolium perenne July
Perennial Wall Rocket Diplotaxis tenuifolia September
Pink Mallow Malva alcea July
Pineapple weed Matricaria discoidea May
Poverty Brome Bromus sterilis May
Prickly Lettuce Lactuca seriola July
Prickly Sow Thistle Sonchus asper April
Purple Knapweed Centaurea calcitrapa May
Pyramidal Orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis July
Red Clover Trifolium pratense April
Red Dead Nettle Lamium purpureum April
Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata April
Rosebay Willowherb Chamaenerion Augustifolium May
Rose Campion Lychnis coronaria June
Rough Chervil Chaerophyllum temulum April
Rough Hawkbit Leontodon hispidus April
Rough Star Thistle Centaurea aspea July
Sainfoin Onobrychis vicifolia June
St Johns Wort Hypericum calycinum May
Silver Plantain Plantago argentea Chaix April
Slender Sow Thistle Sonchus tenerrimus May
Small Henbit Lamium amplexicaule April
Smooth Cats-ear Hypochaeris glabra May
Smooth Meadow Grass Poa pratensis September
Snow in Summer Cerastium tomentosum May
Spanish Bluebell  Hyacinthoides hispanica April
Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare April
Spotted Medick Medicago arabica April
Spotted St Johns Wort Hypericum puncatum April
Spring Wild Oat Avena fatua July
Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica April
Strawberry Clover Trifolium fragiferum August
Striate Clover Trifolium striatum July
Sweet Vernal Anthoxanthum odoratum May
Three Cornered Leek Allium triquetum May
Wheat Triticum aestivum July
White Campion Silene latifolia April
White Clover Trifolium repens April
White Panicle Aster Symphyotrichum lanceolatum September
Wild Carrot Daucus carota June
Wild Clary Salvia verbenaca April
Wild Lettuce Lactuca virosa April
Wild Marjoram Origanum vulgare May
Wild Mustard Sinapsis arvensis May
Wild Parsnip Pastinaca sativa April
White Dead Nettle Lamium album April
Woodbine Clematis virginiana September
Yarrow Achillea millefolium April
Yellow Oat Grass Trisetum flavescens May
Yellow Salsify Tragopogon dubius May
Yorkshire Fog Grass Holcus lanatus July

Redbridge Council operates a Framework Agreement Contract (FAC) for grounds maintenance works.  All companies included on the FAC have been vetted and approved to carry out work on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge. Contractor monitoring is carried out by both the contractor and the council, to ensure the schedule is adhered to and works are to the required standard.

The cuttings are not removed following the cutting operation, but are left atop the grass verge. During windy or wet conditions, the cuttings may blow off the verge onto the road and pavements. It may not be possible to blow the cuttings back onto the verge and the cuttings will be left on the road or pavement to disperse naturally.

All visible litter should be removed before cutting the grass verges and removed immediately on completion of the cutting operation. Litter on rural roads or on bio-diversity/wildflower sites, but the Council’s Street Cleansing Service works with the contractor on these operations, removing any exposed or shredded litter shortly after the cutting operation is completed.

Bulky items or fly-tipping will not be removed but cut around. The contractor is required to report any issues that prevent the grass from being cut to the council.

Find out more about litter removal and fly tipping 

Where bulbs (mainly daffodils) have been planted in the grass, the grass is not cut until at least the end of May. This period allows the bulbs to flower and after flowering the bulbs need to be left for a minimum of six weeks to store energy in the bulb so it can flower the following year.

The following could potentially damage verges:

  • vehicles parking
  • utility or maintenance
  • uneven surfaces caused by vehicle wheels
  • excessive stones or debris left on the grass verge

Where the above occurs, areas of verge will be left uncut until it has been repaired.

 

Shrubs, hedges and roses

Shrubs and Hedges

Shrub pruning can be carried out twice per year, in the summer (June-August) and the autumn/winter periods (October-February). Not every shrub will require pruning and some sites are assessed prior to each pruning period to ascertain if they require pruning or not, please see the work programme section below for further information.

Shrubs are not pruned if there are birds nesting within them as it is against the law to disturb a nesting bird during nesting season (generally between March and August).

Weeds within shrub beds are not removed by hand, but are treated with herbicide at the start of the year.

The table shows roads and car parks where there are shrubs and hedges that are part of the highway pruning programme. The information shows what activities are planned  during the summer (June-August) and the autumn/winter periods,  the three type of activities are - no work, an inspection will be carried out to consider if work is required or pruning will be carried out. Once the status of the winter pruning in each road is known, a programmed completion date for work will be added to the table below. 

  
Ward Site Summer Winter Status
Aldborough Bawdsey Avenue Inspect No Work  
Aldborough Brendon Gardens Prune No Work  
Aldborough Cambrian Avenue Prune No Work  
Aldborough Chiltern Road Prune No Work  
Aldborough Horns Road Inspect No Work  
Aldborough Northdown Gardens No Work Inspect 13 February
Aldborough Oaks Lane Inspect Prune 31 December
Aldborough Oaks Lane Footpath (Footpath 97) Prune Prune 31 January
Aldborough Spearpoint Gardens Inspect Inspect 13 February
Aldborough St James Gardens Inspect No Work  
Aldborough St Peters Close Prune Inspect 13 February
Aldborough Torbitt Way Inspect No Work  
Aldborough Tring Close Footpath Inspect Inspect 13 February
Barkingside Bronte Close Inspect Inspect 13 February
Barkingside Crombie Close Prune Prune 31 December
Barkingside Kenwood Gardens Inspect No Work  
Barkingside Longwood Gardens Prune No Work  
Barkingside Northwood Gardens Inspect No Work  
Bridge Brackley Square Prune Prune 31 December
Bridge Bush Road No Work Inspect 27 February
Bridge Cairns Avenue No Work Inspect 27 February
Bridge Canfield Road Prune Prune 27 February
Bridge Cherry Tree Rise No Work Inspect 27 February
Bridge Chigwell Road Inspect Inspect 27 February
Bridge Claybury Road Prune Prune 27 February
Bridge Crownhill Road Prune Prune 27 February
Bridge Deacon Way Inspect No Work  
Bridge Debden Close Inspect Inspect 27 February
Bridge Elmslie Close Inspect Inspect 27 February
Bridge Finchingfield Avenue Prune Prune 31 December
Bridge Frankland Close Prune Prune 31 December
Bridge Fyfield Road Prune No Work  
Bridge Gaynes Hill Road Prune Prune 27 February
Bridge Glastonbury Avenue Prune Prune 31 December
Bridge Greenstead Gardens Prune No Work  
Bridge Grenville Gardens Prune Prune 31 December
Bridge Gwynne Park Avenue Inspect Inspect 27 February
Bridge Highfield Road Prune Prune 27 February
Bridge Kinnaird Way Inspect Inspect 27 February
Bridge Madeira Grove Inspect Prune 31 December
Bridge Milkwell Gardens Prune No Work  
Bridge Pintail Road Prune Prune 31 December
Bridge Roxwell Way Inspect Prune 31 December
Bridge Sands Way Inspect Inspect 27 February
Bridge Spring Gardens Prune Prune 31 December
Bridge Springfield Gardens Prune Inspect 27 February
Bridge St Anthony's Avenue Prune Inspect 27 February
Bridge The Firs No Work Prune 31 December
Chadwell Chadwell Heath Lane Prune Prune 31 January
Chadwell Essex Road Gardens Inspect Inspect 17 March
Chadwell Lexden Drive Inspect No Work  
Chadwell Shepherds Close Prune Inspect 17 March
Chadwell Station Road Car Park No. 19 Inspect No Work  
Chadwell Stroud's Close Inspect No Work  
Chadwell Wangey Road Car Park No Work Inspect 17 March
Churchfields Abbotsford Gardens Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields Arlington Road Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields Arundel Drive Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields Beverley Crescent Prune Inspect 17 March
Churchfields Bunces Lane No Work Inspect 17 March
Churchfields Derby Road Car Park Inspect Inspect 17 March
Churchfields Diana Close Inspect No Work  
Churchfields Fieldhouse Close Inspect No Work  
Churchfields Footpath 60 High Road To St Albans Crescent Prune Inspect No Work
Churchfields Forest Approach Inspect No Work  
Churchfields Grove Road Inspect No Work  
Churchfields Latchett Road Inspect No Work  
Churchfields Mayfair Gardens Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields Rokeby Gardens Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields Salway Close Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields Scoter Close Inspect Inspect 17 March
Churchfields Shenfield Road No Work Inspect 17 March
Churchfields St Ronans Crescent Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields The Vale Prune Prune 30 November
Churchfields Wansford Road Prune Prune 30 November
Clayhall Falmouth Gardens Inspect No Work  
Clayhall Margaret Way Prune No Work  
Clayhall Mighell Avenue No Work Prune 31 December
Clayhall Roding Lane South Inspect Inspect 31 January
Clayhall Tryfan Close Prune Inspect 17 March
Clayhall Wray Avenue Inspect No Work  
Clementswood Mildmay Road Inspect No Work  
Clementswood Philpot Path No Work Prune  
Cranbrook Belgrave Road No Work Inspect 17 March
Cranbrook Canterbury Avenue No Work Prune  
Cranbrook Carlisle Gardens Inspect No Work  
Cranbrook Chelmsford Gardens Inspect Inspect 17 March
Cranbrook Cranbrook Rise Prune Inspect 17 March
Cranbrook Exeter Gardens Inspect Inspect 17 March
Cranbrook Gloucester Gardens Prune No Work  
Cranbrook Lincoln Gardens Inspect Inspect 17 March
Cranbrook The Drive Inspect Inspect 17 March
Cranbrook Wakefield Gardens Inspect No Work  
Cranbrook Wells Gardens Inspect No Work  
Fairlop Amanda Close Prune Inspect 17 March
Fairlop Andrews Close Prune Inspect 17 March
Fairlop Aragon Drive Prune No Work  
Fairlop Aragon Drive/Merlin Grove Prune No Work  
Fairlop Baron Gardens Prune Inspect 17 March
Fairlop Benrek Close No Work Inspect No Work
Fairlop Craven Gardens Inspect Inspect 17 March
Fairlop Fencepiece Road Inspect Inspect 31 January
Fairlop Fremantle Roundabout Inspect Inspect No Work
Fairlop Fullwell Cross Roundabout Inspect No Work  
Fairlop Inverness Drive Prune No Work  
Fairlop Laing Close Inspect Inspect 17 March
Fairlop Ludham Close Prune Prune 31 December
Fairlop Marion Close Prune Prune 31 January
Fairlop Starch House Lane Footpath 85 No Work Inspect No Work
Fairlop Tomswood Hill Inspect Inspect 17 March
Fairlop Tomswood Hill, 171-191 Inspect Inspect 31 January
Fairlop Wickets Way Prune No Work  
Fairlop Wolsey Gardens Prune No Work  
Fairlop Wolsey Gardens/Tudor Crescent No Work Prune 31 December
Fullwell Hillington Gardens Prune Prune 31 December
Fullwell Kensington Drive No Work Inspect No Work
Fullwell Marston Road No Work Inspect No Work
Fullwell Northview Drive Prune Prune 31 December
Fullwell Peel Place Footpath Prune Inspect 17 March
Fullwell Portman Drive Prune Prune 31 December
Fullwell Ravensbourne Gardens Inspect Inspect 31 January
Fullwell Vienna Close Prune No Work  
Fullwell Wedmore Avenue Prune No Work  
Fullwell Wensleydale Avenue Prune Prune 31 December
Fullwell Westview Drive Prune Prune 31 December
Goodmayes Fiennes Close Prune No Work  
Goodmayes Pedley Road Prune No Work  
Hainault Ascot Close Inspect No Work  
Hainault Lakeland Close Prune Prune 31 January
Hainault Newcastle Avenue Inspect Inspect 17 March
Hainault Romford Road Prune No Work  
Hainault The Acorns Inspect Inspect 31 January
Ilford Town Buckingham Road No Work Inspect 17 March
Ilford Town Clements Road Multi Storey Car Park Prune Inspect 17 March
Ilford Town Corkers Path No Work Inspect 17 March
Ilford Town Kenneth More Road Prune Inspect 17 March
Ilford Town Ley Street Multi Storey Car Park Inspect Inspect No Work
Ilford Town Riches Road Subway Prune Prune 31 January
Ilford Town St Marys Road Inspect Inspect 17 March
Ilford Town Stanley Road Inspect Inspect 17 March
Ilford Town Sylvan Road Bus Terminus Inspect Inspect 17 March
Ilford Town Winston Way Inspect No Work  
Loxford Azalea Close Prune No Work  
Loxford Blackthorn Road Inspect Inspect 17 March
Loxford Jasmine Close Footpath Inspect Inspect 17 March
Loxford Kenneth Avenue Inspect Prune 31 December
Loxford Lawson Close Inspect Inspect 17 March
Mayfield Morrab Gardens Prune Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Aldeburgh Place Prune No Work  
Monkhams  Almonds Avenue Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Barclay Oval Inspect No Work  
Monkhams  Beech Lane No Work Inspect No Work
Monkhams  Bentley Way No Work Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Beresford Drive Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Brancepeth Gardens Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Broad Oak Prune No Work  
Monkhams  Broadmead Road No Work Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Carlina Gardens Inspect Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Charteris Road Car Park Inspect Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Chiltern Way Inspect Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Dale Gardens Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Denehurst Gardens Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Epping New Road Inspect No Work  
Monkhams  Forest Way Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Friars Gate Close Inspect Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Harts Grove Inspect Prune 30 November
Monkhams  High Road Woodford Inspect No Work  
Monkhams  High Road Woodford Green O/S 640-672 No Work Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Hutton Close Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Jacklin Green Inspect Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  King's Avenue Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Knighton Close Inspect No Work  
Monkhams  Knighton Drive Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Malvern Drive Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Monkhams Lane Prune Inspect No Work
Monkhams  Newlands Road Inspect No Work  
Monkhams  Prince's Avenue Prune Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Redwoods Close Inspect Inspect No Work
Monkhams  Sir James Hawkey Hall No Work Inspect 17 March
Monkhams  Sydney Road Prune Inspect No Work
Monkhams  The Dell Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  The Glade Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Tilney Drive Inspect No Work  
Monkhams  Woodland Close Inspect No Work  
Monkhams  Woodland Way Prune Prune 30 November
Monkhams  Worcester Crescent Prune Prune 30 November
Newbury Brook Road Prune No Work  
Newbury Ley Street Prune No Work  
Newbury Middlefield Gardens No Work Inspect 17 March
Newbury Wards Road No Work Inspect No Work
Seven Kings Seven Kings Car Park Prune Prune 31 December
South Woodford Coppice Way No Work Inspect 17 March
South Woodford Eagle Lane Inspect No Work  
South Woodford George Lane & Mulberry Way Car Park Inspect Inspect 17 March
South Woodford South View Drive Prune Prune 31 December
South Woodford Thornwood Close Inspect No Work  
Wanstead Park Cambridge Park No Work Prune 31 December
Wanstead Park Lakehouse Road Inspect No Work  
Wanstead Park The Green Inspect No Work  
Wanstead Park The Warren Drive Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Park Warren Road Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Park Well Cottage Close Inspect No Work  
Wanstead Park Wigram Road Inspect No Work  
Wanstead Village Colvin Gardens (Wanstead) Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Deynecourt Gardens Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Elmcroft Avenue Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Grove Road Car Park No. 12 No Work Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Laura Close Prune Prune 31 January
Wanstead Village Limes Avenue Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Lorne Gardens Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Merino Close Prune No Work  
Wanstead Village Preston Drive Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Rodney Road Prune Prune 31 December
Wanstead Village Seagry Road Prune No Work  

 

Roses are pruned once per year in February. Weeds within rose beds are not removed by hand but are treated with herbicide at the start of the year

Generally, the pruning clippings are removed immediately following the pruning operation and the surrounding area left tidy. On occasion, the clippings may be mulched and left on the bed, to allow the nutrients to return to the soil and aid future growth.

Dead shrubs can be removed but not replaced, we are considering a replacement planting programme subject to funding.

If utility (gas, electricity, water) companies carry out work that requires the removal of shrubs within the highway, the council work closely with the utility company on the reinstatement of the areas damaged and shrubs, during the planting season starting in November and ending in March.

To adopt a public space for community gardening, please visit our Spruce up your neighbourhood page and see the community gardening section for more information.

 

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