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Grass cutting

Advice for residents on maintaining areas of land not owned by the council.

We currently maintain a large number of grass and landscaped areas in local communities, including some where we don't own the land.

The council had previously decided not to cut areas of grass across North Lanarkshire which were not in its ownership. This decision was taken because of ongoing reductions to our annual budget which mean that we can’t continue to provide some services to the levels of previous years.

After the final grass cut of October 2020, landowners became responsible for the maintenance of areas not owned by the council, and that has been the position throughout 2021.

However, the council recognises that some residents and landowners may have had difficulty in finding suitable alternatives in 2021 as a result of COVID-19 potentially impacting on the availability of private contractors.

As a result of this, and to recognise these and other pressures caused by the pandemic, the council agreed on August 19, 2021 to carry out a one-off cut of all these areas this year. It is important to understand that this is not a return to the previous maintenance regime. It is a one-off cut to ensure that unsightly open areas of grass are dealt with and to help establish a baseline for when factoring arrangements are put in place by landowners in time for the start of the next growing season.

This one-off cut programme will take some weeks to happen. All areas previously maintained will be part of this programme and will be worked through over a period of weeks. Grass cuttings will not be removed as part of this programme.

You still require to take action by following the guidance below for 2022.

What you need to do

Use our online location map to find out where we will no longer cut the grass.

If any of these locations are near your property and you want them to be maintained in future, you will firstly need to find out who is the landowner.

You can do this by

If the area of land is part of your property, there are a number of options:

  • you can maintain the land yourself
  • arrange for a company to maintain the land for you, or
  • decide not to maintain the land in future.

If you decide not to take any action to maintain land within your property, its condition and any resulting issues would be your responsibility.

If the land is owned jointly by you and other neighbouring properties, you could arrange for a factor to manage the maintenance on your behalf. This would involve each responsible landowner contributing towards the cost of the maintenance work.

You can find information on how to appoint a factor at:

We appreciate that these areas of land have historically been maintained by the council and our decision may have an impact on you and your neighbours. We understand this is frustrating, however, in the current financial situation, we are simply unable to continue to provide this service. Any savings made will be reinvested in other vital services.

We are providing this information to allow you time to make arrangements for any areas of land that you own before the growing season next spring.

Page last updated:
19 Aug 2021

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