Garden Aid

The Garden Aid service has now ended for the 2022 season.

If you have any queries regarding billing for the 2022 season, email us with your full address and invoice number

gardenaid@edinburgh.gov.uk

Garden Aid

Garden Aid aims to help customers who are elderly, disabled or medically unable to maintain their garden and do not have any other members of their household who are able to maintain their garden for them. 

The scheme is for:

  • Council tenants over 60 years of age and in receipt of housing benefit.
  • Council tenants, private tenants and homeowners that have a disability and are in receipt of either the Personal Independence Payment (mobility) or the Disability Living Allowance (mobility component).
  • Private tenants and homeowners over 80 years of age.

You can apply by contacting your Housing Officer or by calling Customer Services on 0131 200 2000.

Service

Garden Aid is a simple grass cutting and hedge trimming service. Grass is cut throughout the season (running from late March to October) and clippings are lifted when a green bin is available for disposal. Hedge trimming starts in May and runs to November. To keep the cost to a minimum delivery times and dates and the visit frequencies cannot be given but you should expect between 10 and 15 grass cuts per year and 2 hedge trims. Unfortunately, if the team cannot access your garden you will have to wait until the next visit for maintenance.

Costs 

We charge an annual administration fee to all private tenants and homeowners which is dependent on their grass area and hedge size. The fee is non-refundable and you must pay it before maintenance work is carried out. An application should be made before February and given your agreement you will remain on the service until you tell us otherwise. The charge is likely to increase each year and details will be published on the Council’s web-site.

If your application has been certified by a Medical Professional (a GP or a Health Worker) the VAT cost will be removed.

The application deadline each year is 31 January. Applications received after this date will be added to a waiting list for the following year.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact your Housing Officer or call Customer Services on 0131 200 2000.