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Greenspace maintenance

  • Site Management

  • Who delivers Green Space Maintenance

Poole has over 1067 hectares of greenspace covering nearly 20% of the Borough's surface.  That's the equivalent of 1491 Wembley-sized football pitches.  Made up of parks, play areas, gardens, sports pitches, nature reserves, heathland and woodland.  These areas can expect to receive up to 9.5million visitors each year (based on Audit Commissions Best Value Survey 2006/7).

Site management

Maintaining Poole's Greenspace in a planned and considered way is essential.  It ensures that good quality and useful open space, for enjoyment and physical exercise, is retained now and into the future.  This work has been nationally recognised and two of Poole's Parks (Poole Park, Hamworthy Park and Upton Country Park) have been awarded a number of Green Flag Awards.

The effective management of our greenspaces ensures the ongoing protection of our natural habitats.  As a result Poole has 12 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and 11 Local Nature Reserves.  These are home to all six of the UK's protected reptile species, as well as rare flora and fauna.  Maintenance operations carried out in these natural habitats often requires the consent of Natural England.

We also work alongside the Urban Heaths Partnership to maintain our natural habitat and heathland.

Our Open Space Strategy and legal responsibilities towards protected habitats and species guide our maintenance priorities and direction.

Who delivers greenspace maintenance?

Council street scene staff carry out all the maintenance to our parks and gardens. The council's work includes the management of all green spaces and the maintenance of;

  • Poole Housing Partnership sheltered housing schemes and general needs housing areas
  • Poole Crematorium, Cemeteries (including burials)and closed churchyards.
  • Natural habitats including the maintenance of defendable fire lines
  • Chines and seafronts, as gateways to Poole's blue flag beaches
  • Dealing with invasive weeds
  • Parks, Gardens and Open spaces including Poole Park and Upton Country Park
  • The planting and maintenance of floral displays, grass cutting and landscaping
  • Highways, verges and roundabouts
  • Sports pitches
  • Allotments
  • Play Area Inspections and repairs
  • Booking of Sports pitches
  • Arboricultural works
  • Cleansing of green spaces including litter collection, hard surface weed control and sweeping

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