Chelmsford City Council

Looking after parks and green spaces

We are responsible for maintaining the parks and green spaces that we own.


Floral displays

We design and maintain floral displays in parks, baskets and on roundabouts.


Footpaths and roads

Essex Highways are responsible for footpaths and roads.

They are also responsible for Public Rights of Way, but we help maintain them.


Grass cutting

We cut grass in the growing season. This is from the beginning of April to the end of November, depending on the weather.  

We usually cut grass in residential areas every three weeks. 


Grass verges

Essex Highways are responsible for grass verges and we help maintain them.

We cut rural highway verges twice a year. If it is safe to do so on the highway, we cut wildflower areas once a year in late August. 


We cut hedges in residential areas once a year, outside of bird nesting season. Bird nesting season is usually between March and July.

We may only need to cut some hedges once a year. If there is a health and safety concern, we may need to cut some hedges twice in one year. 


Litter and rubbish

We empty bins in public spaces every week. For busier parks, we empty the bins every day.

We also clear litter when mowing grass and maintaining shrub beds.

You can report litter to us. 


Park opening and closing

We lock some of our parks in the evening. Once locked, we will not unlock these parks until the following morning.

We can't unlock a park after hours.

You can find park opening and closing times.

Play areas

We have around 100 play areas and we inspect and litter pick each play area every two weeks.

We inspect play areas in busier parks every day.



If you have a concern about one of the rivers in Chelmsford, you need to raise it with the Environment Agency.


Shrub beds

We visit shrub beds five or six times a year. We try to keep them clear of weeds and overhanging plants. On some visits, we may only pick up litter.

We prune the shrub beds twice a year.



You can report damaged or dirty public toilets.



Essex Highways deal with issues about trees.

We inspect trees on a regular basis to make sure they meet our Tree Management Policy.

You can find out more about trees.


Wasp nest

If you notice a wasp nest in one of our parks, you can  report it to us.


Essex Highways carry out the maintenance of all weeds in Chelmsford. This covers roads and footpaths.


Wildlife and nature

Wildlife and nature conservation areas have their own maintenance routines. 

Report a problem in our park

If you notice a problem in one of our parks, or think we have missed something during our routine maintenance, you can make a report.


Other parks in Chelmsford

We do not own all parks and green spaces in the Chelmsford area. 

You can look at Essex County Council's Explore Essex for more information about the parks that we do not own.

    Contact Parks Services

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    01245 606606

    Ask for "Parks"

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    07831 189918 
    Park Watch Report Line (Out of hours emergencies only)

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    Last updated: 08 April 2021

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