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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:

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

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

It should be noted 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.

* Please note that 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 per year)
  • Small rough areas and edges will be strimmed 4 times per year
  • Hedges cut once per year (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.

The scheme does not cover:

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

For further information, please contact West Lothian Customer Services on 01506 280000 or email