Garden Maintenance Scheme

The Garden Maintenance Scheme (GMS) allows applicants who are eligible to have their grass cut on a regular basis throughout the growing season (April to October).

Who is eligible?

In order to qualify applicants must be Stirling Council Housing Tenants and meet one of the following criteria:

  • In receipt of Disability Living Allowance
  • In receipt of Personal Independence Payment
  • In receipt of Attendance Allowance
  • Aged over 75 on or before 1st January in the season
  • Unable to maintain their garden due to a severe, permanent 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. If you are able or do have someone who can do this for you, please do not apply as spaces are limited.

What is included in the scheme?

The scheme 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 in receipt of an active Garden Maintenance Scheme will receive one free garden waste permit prior to the service starting which will be requested by Housing Services on their behalf. Applicants can also 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.

What happens after I apply?

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

If you qualify, you may not be guaranteed a space but will be put on the waiting list until a space becomes available. Housing Services will automatically check your circumstances prior to each cutting season to ensure you are still eligible, your application will be rolled onto the next season.

If you move property, or your circumstances change, you must inform the Garden Maintenance Scheme as soon as possible to transfer or change your service by emailing or calling our contact centre on 01786 404040

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, 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 Scheme.

How to apply

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

You can apply online via the form below, or by emailing

Applications are now closed