Garden maintenance

Overview

Due to the need to improve the targeting of our service to those in the greatest need, the Garden Maintenance Service is limited to applicants who satisfy the criteria detailed below.

The service allows applicants, who are eligible, to have their grass cut on a regular basis throughout the season and, if required, one hedge cutting at the end of the season.

Who is Eligible?

In order to qualify applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • In receipt of Disability Living Allowance.
  • In receipt of Attendance Allowance.
  • In receipt of Personal Independence Payment.
  • Aged over 75 on or before 1st January in the season.
  • Unable to maintain their garden due to a medical condition.

Additionally, applicants must permanently reside at the address and have no other able bodied person living in the household or nearby who could maintain their garden.

What is Included in the Service?

The service includes the basic cutting and strimming of the grassed area including the lifting and disposing of all grass cuttings, which will be placed in the applicants brown bin. Applicants can apply for the bin pull out service by contacting Waste Services.

There will be up to 10 cuts per season on a three weekly cycle (weather permitting). Grass areas to be cut will be limited to 200 square meters. Hedge cutting will be undertaken once at the end of the season and will be limited to 100 square meters.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted from December to February only. Any applications received out with this date will not be processed.

Applications are available online, and at Local Offices (Aberfoyle, Balfron, Bannockburn, Callander, Cornton, Cowie, Dunblane, Fallin, Killin, Raploch, Stirling Town Centre), and by telephoning the contact centre on 01786 404040.

Applicants should complete the full application and submit the following proof of eligibility, where applicable:

  • Proof of Disability Living Allowance: an original letter of entitlement or annual uprating letter (dated within the last 12 months).
  • Proof of Attendance Allowance: an original letter of entitlement or annual uprating letter (dated within the last 12 months).
  • Proof of Personal Independence Payment: an original decision letter or annual uprating letter (dated within the last 12 months).
  • Aged 75 on or before 1st January in the season: a copy of either; valid passport, photographic driving licence or current TV licence.
  • Unable to maintain garden due to a medical condition: either a DS1500 report or medical declaration from GP to confirm medical status.

Completed applications and relevant proof should be submitted to:

Garden Maintenance Service – Stirling Council
Allanwater House
Kerse Road
Stirling
FK7 7SG

What Happens Next?

Applicants will be contacted by letter to inform if they have been successful in the application or if they do not qualify for the service. If you have been unsuccessful you can reapply in the future if your circumstances change.

If you qualify for the service you may not be guaranteed a space but will be put on the waiting list until a space becomes available. In the interim period, successful applicants can opt to pay for the service until a free space is available. The Garden Maintenance Team will inform you of the cost of a paid service and supply an application form for completion.

If an application is successful the service will commence during the month of April. If you move property during the growing season, or your circumstances change you must inform the Garden Maintenance Service as soon as possible to transfer or change your service.

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling is a serious health and safety issue for the Garden Maintenance Team. If there is a large amount of dog fouling on a grass area then the Garden Maintenance Team will not cut the grass. If warnings of dog fouling are not responded to by applicants they will be removed from the Garden Maintenance Service.