New fleet of lawn mowers arrive in time for spring

North Lincolnshire Council has invested in a new fleet of lawn mowers to keep parks neat and verges tidy as spring arrives in our area.

Friday, 31st March 2017, 1:42 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:12 pm
Neil Poole

The nine new mowers will be put through their paces by our grounds maintenance teams across the area over the coming weeks now that we have started our spring and summer rota for grass cutting.

During the warmer months we aim to mow all the grass we maintain in our towns and villages at least every 15 days. We monitor the weather closely and edit our schedule accordingly, so that we can keep on top of the grass cutting.

On rural roads between the towns and villages, the mowing and pruning work we do is about more than just looks. We mow the grass verges and cut back trees and hedges to ensure that visibility is maintained for road users, especially around junctions.

The new mowers have three independently operated flail cutting heads that are designed the tackle long and wet grass. Grounds maintenance staff have already been trained on the new mowers so they are ready to be put straight to work.

As part of our three-year plan to update all of our mower fleet, these new machines replace a number of older mowers that are all between nine and 14 years old.

Councillor Neil Poole, cabinet member for environment at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Keeping our mowing equipment up to date helps us stay on top of all the work that needs to be done to keep our parks and green spaces looking lush and inviting. Older machines can be costly to run and maintain so we have invested in upgrading the fleet to be more efficient.

“A great testament to how hard our maintenance teams work is the Green Flag Awards for Kingsway Gardens and Woodlands Crematorium that we have won for the past nine years running. This year, we have also applied for Central Park to be judged by the team at Green Flag; we will see if we can achieve a green hat-trick!”