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Garden Maintenance

The Garden Maintenance Scheme is provided by West Lothian Council to prevent gardens becoming overgrown.

There are set rules for eligibility to benefit from the scheme:

Applicants and all members of the household must be either:

1. Aged 16 - 65 and in receipt of disability living allowance, or
2. Aged 65 - 70 with the application form signed by a doctor, or
3. Aged 70 years or over, or
4. Registered blind.

(Please note we no longer accept applications from Weslo Housing Management or Almond Housing Association. Please contact Weslo direct on 01506 634060 or Almond Housing on 01506 439291).

Also note that other housing associations may charge. West Lothian Council request authorisation from housing associations prior to application being accepted.

You may have the right to appeal if your application is rejected.

It can take up to 5 weeks to process applications and have your garden placed onto the scheme. We aim to have 100% of applications processed within 5 weeks.

If you are accepted onto the scheme, the service will provide the following:

  • Grass cut every 2 - 3 weeks, 11 times in total.
  • Small rough areas and edges will be strimmed 4 times per year and hedges cut once between October and December.

You may have to pay for this service if you are not in receipt of a means-tested benefit.

You will have to pay if your are a private house owner and not in receipt of a means tested benefit - i.e. Pension Credit, Income Support, Council Tax Benefit (Excluding Single Person Discount) etc.

Please note that the scheme does not cover:

  • Cutting of old vegetable plots or overgrown areas
  • Digging borders.
  • Weeding borders.

For further information on this service, please contact the council's Customer Service Centre.