Gardening

Our gardeners are a dedicated team, looking after the communal green areas of our estates. They cut over 380,000 square metres of lawns and maintain over 60,000 square metres of flower beds.  Our gardening team works with caretakers to ensure all grass areas and flower/shrub beds are cleared of litter and other debris. They are also responsible for maintaining shrubs, planting bulbs and wildflowers, removing weeds and much more. The gardening team works on a scheduled programme visiting every area several times per year performing maintenance tasks according to the season and specific requirements of each site.

 

What can I do to help to keep the communal green areas clean and safe?

Please have respect for others who use the garden areas.

If you have a pet please ensure that you clean up after them.

Dispose of your litter in the litter bins provided, or take your rubbish home with you.

 

What do our teams do?

Summer Tasks

In summer we prioritise dead-heading of roses, cutting hedges, light cultivation to remove weeds, application of herbicide, spot weed killing, and removal of growth from windows, entrances and pathways.

Winter Tasks

In winter there are certain tasks which are prioritised. These include pruning shrubs and roses, cultivating beds, removal of weeds, and removing dead, damaged and diseased plants.

 

Bulb planting

THH has planted thousands of brightly coloured spring flowering bulbs like Daffodils and Crocuses on our estates.  Spring flowering bulbs increase the biodiversity of the grassland and provide early sources of nectar for insects.

 bulbs jpeg

 

Wildflower Meadows

THH has created 49 wildflower areas since 2014. All areas have been sown with a wildflower mixture specially designed for urban areas, to increase colour and biodiveristy.  The mixture contains a range of flowering plants including Cornflowers, Meadow Marigold, Field Poppy, Ox Eye Daisy, Corn Cockle and Field Chamomile. Perennial meadow flowers will gradually dominate the area and provide a long term benefit to wildlife.  This type of meadow offers opportunities for wildlife especially Bees, Butterflies, Day Moths, and other insects.

meadow jpeg

 

Grass Maintenance

We cut the grass on our estates predominantly between March and October. During long periods of dry weather or heavy rainfall we will cease grass cutting. All grass areas are cut to an even height. Grass verges are cleaned on completion of works, but the clippings are not collected.  This allows nutrients to return to the grass.  Areas planted with flower bulbs will be cut around until the bulb foliage has died down. All bulb foliage will be cut and removed after bulb leaves turn yellow. The gardening team clear leaves from all grass areas, reform grass edges, and fill and reseed depressions.

 

Trees

At THH we encourage sustainable management of communal trees. We ensure regular monitoring of trees through a cyclical tree survey program. As required, trees are pruned on a three to five year cycle. Additional tree works may occasionally take place if a tree is found to be dead, diseased or poses a danger. We ensure that loss of trees to disease, damage and neglect is minimized, and we aim to match any loss with new tree planting.  We select appropriate species for new planting, matching trees to the local environment to maximise environmental benefits.  We operate a “Right Tree Right Place Principle”.  

We do not prune or remove trees for the following reasons:

  • To improve satellite dish reception.
  • Because birds are nesting in trees near your house or car parking space
  • A tree is making a sticky mess on your car, or fruit trees losing their fruit.
  • A tree is blocking sunlight to your property or obstructing your view. (If there are branches less than 2 metres from your property we will undertake a site visit assessment of the tree and we will advise you of whether any tree work is required, however tree work is not normally carried out for this reason).

 

If you would like to speak to us about gardening or trees, please contact us-

Send us an email estate.services@towerhamletshomes.org.uk or call us 0207 364 5015