The Association has extensive areas of land throughout Argyll & Bute located and neighbouring its 5,100 properties. Historically, the Association have contracted work out but has taken the decision to bring the works in house to deliver ACHA's strategic objective of maintaining and improving the neighbourhoods its tenants live in.
For six months of the year the primary focus will be on grass cutting and plant maintenance during the growing season. The remaining six months of the year will see a focus on neighbourhood improvement involving a series of modernise public areas in ACHA estates.
What do we maintain in your estate?
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Our teams are busy throughout the year looking after your estates. In terms of this tenant rent funded service, ACHA prioritises the maintenance of the ground of areas which are in general closest to our tenants. Areas more remote from Association tenants are designated a lower priority dependent on the proportion of ACHA tenancies in the locality.
You will find a guide to their activities below. Please bear in mind that the work of the team is frequently delayed by adverse weather.
- High Grass - We endeavour to cut the grass designated as High maintenance on the Grounds Maintenance Maps, 13 times in the growing season starting in March and finishing in late October including using blowers to clear the paths, steps and hard standings.
- Medium Grass - We will cut the grass designated as Medium maintenance on the Grounds Maintenance Maps, 8 times within the growing season starting in March and finishing in late October including using blowers to clear paths, steps and hard standings.
- Rough Grass - We aim to cut designated Rough maintenance on the Grounds Maintenance Maps, twice within the growing season starting in March and finishing in late October including using blowers to clear paths, steps and hard standings.
Care of Garden Scheme
- Garden Grass - We endeavour to cut grass in the gardens 8 times per growing season starting in April and finishing in October including using blowers to clear the paths, steps and hard standings. Please note we cannot move garden furniture, ornaments, planters or similar to allow access and will not cut if the area/plot is polluted with dog foul.
- Weed Kill - Application of weed killer: We will, weather permitting, apply applications per growing season to tarmacadam areas (listed as Bitmac on GM maps), hard standing and slabbed path areas as per our Grounds Maintenance Maps.
- Hedges - We will cut our hedges twice per annum; This involves a light cut in Summer and hard prune in Winter as per our Grounds Maintenance Maps.
- Shrub Beds - We will prune and cultivate/turnover the Shrub Beds twice per annum in accordance with good horticultural practise.
- Play Parks - We visit each Play Park on the High grass cutting cycle, 13 times and litter pick, empty bins and if necessary sweep the hard standing.
- Litter Picking - Our teams litter pick all areas prior to cutting.
- Tree Management - As part of our tree management plan, we survey all our tree stock every 2 years and keep a register of our findings, taking action as required. Our properties focus on the health of the trees and the health and safety of the general public.
- Japanese Knotweed - We treat all detected Japanese Knotweed within our title twice per annum until it is eradicated.