Free Care of Garden scheme returns

Published: Tuesday 14 July 2020

This is a picture of a man in a hi-vis vest trimming the edge of a lawn with a strimmer

Work to help council tenants who are older or have a disability look after their gardens has been restarted.

The Care of Garden scheme was suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but the council's Grounds Maintenance team are now able to resume helping eligible tenants with the upkeep of gardens. 

Head of Facilities Waste and Grounds Services Alistair McKinnon said: "We are pleased to now be able to resume this area of work with measures put in place to protect the safety of both tenants and our staff and reduce the risk of coronavirus spread.

"We have not been able to reinstate the full service at this time but we expect to work through our list and reach the gardens of all tenants currently registered for the scheme during the next four to six weeks."

It is not currently possible to resume the delivery of garden care to clients who pay for the service or to accept any new applications for the Care of Gardens 2020 season.

Updates will be provided prior to the scheduled start of the 2021 season.

The scheme is open to South Lanarkshire Council tenants if they are:

  • over the age of 70 with no one else between the age of 16-69 living with them
  • on Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • registered blind
  • in receipt of war disablement pension or benefits through the armed forces compensation scheme
  • in possession of a blue badge

If you don't meet the criteria but feel that you are unable to maintain your garden due to other medical needs then your application may still be considered. In this instance we may ask you to complete a medical form which will be assessed by our independent medical advisor.

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