Creating homes and places where people want to live

Your garden

Everyone likes to have a nice garden - and it's your responsibility to make sure that your garden, yard and hedges are maintained, tidy and free of rubbish at all times.

Below are some ways we can help you with keeping your garden tidy.

The Garden Assistance Scheme

If you’re having trouble looking after your garden because you’re elderly or disabled, you may qualify to join the garden assistance scheme.

There’s a limited number of places on the scheme, so you’ll go onto a waiting list when you apply, and we’ll get in touch as soon as a place becomes available.

The scheme covers:

  • cutting your grass 12 times a year between March and October
  • cutting hedges twice a year, between May and June, and between October and November
  • a winter clean-up between November and March, including pruning shrubs and roses.

The scheme doesn't cover:

  • maintaining rockeries
  • looking after newly planted areas
  • vegetable patches    
  • ponds
  • broken fences.

To qualify, you must be:

  • one of our tenants
  • getting low-level carer Disability Living Allowance, high-level mobility Disability Living Allowance or a Personal Independence Payment
  • aged 70 or above and not have an able-bodied adult living with you
  • you also must not have rent arrears of more than £100, unless you have a repayment plan in place that you’re maintaining.

If you think you’re eligible for the Garden Assistance Scheme and you’d like to apply, please complete an application formand send it to us by email with the documents we request on the form. 

For more information call 0115 876 1361 or email us.

Free tool loan

Our tool loan scheme is currently available to those who are already registered with us. We’re currently reviewing how we can register new users, and will provide an update shortly.

If you'd like to borrow some tools, please speak to your Housing Patch Manager, and bear in mind that there may be delays in accessing the equipment subject to demand.

We will make sure that all social distancing measures are adhered to when dropping off and collecting tools, and we will explain what is required to keep both you and our staff safe when we contact you about dropping off the tools.

If you're a green-fingered gardener and you like nothing  more than pruning and cultivating a beautiful green space, take a look an entering our garden competition.