Looking after your garden

Many council-owned homes have a garden. The maintenance of these gardens is the responsibility of the tenant. However, help is available for those who cannot manage their own garden.

The garden standard

The conditions of your tenancy is that 'You must keep the garden (if any) in a reasonable and tidy condition'.

Who does it apply to

These standards apply to all tenants who:

  • Have a tenancy with their own garden
  • Have use of shared gardens, such as communal gardens
  • Use communal paths and access ways

Expected garden standard for:

Grass

This should, at all times, be no longer than 10 centimetres in length.

Shrubs and plants

These should not overhang paths, neighbours’ gardens or access ways.

Hedges

Hedges should be below 2 metres high and should not overhang pathways in a way that may be dangerous to others.

Trees

Trees should be kept manageable and should be removed if causing structural damage or are dangerous.

Branches should not be left in a dangerous condition for example, overly long or broken and subsequently hanging down from the tree.

Litter and waste

The garden should be kept clear of litter and waste at all times.

Bins and bin areas

All household waste should be stored in the wheelie, or communal, bins provided and no rubbish should be left in bags, in the garden or next to wheelie bins.

Communal areas

Rubbish should be stored and disposed of in the appropriate location.

Vehicles, parking and dropped kerbs

If a vehicle is to be stored in the garden, you must have an authorised dropped kerb and hard standing parking (minimum size for a hard standing is 4.8m x 2.4m). This will be at your own expense.

Applications for a dropped kerb or hard standing drive should be made to:
Street Works
Wat Tyler House
Beckhampton Street
Swindon
SN1 2JH
Tel: 01793 466380

Large items

These should be removed using large item collection service by contacting 01793 445501. There is a small charge for this service.

Sheds and outbuildings

These should not be fled with rubbish. They should not be used for storage of general household waste, unless it is waiting for disposal on/or during the next bin collection.

Recycling

If you are having problems recycling, an officer from the Waste Management Team can be contacted on 01793 445501

Pets

Your tenancy agreement gives information about keeping pets. It is your responsibility to ensure:

  • All dog fouling is cleared up
  • Where a dog is allowed in the garden that adequate fencing is installed and maintained to prevent the dog entering other gardens.

How we will deal with untidy gardens?

When a garden falls below an acceptable standard, we will start talking to you and working with you to get the garden up to a reasonable standard.
If all our attempts fail to get the garden improved, then we will recharge, or take legal action, to reinforce the standard.

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