Grounds and Streetcare

We have teamed up with East Hampshire District Council to share environmental services across both areas, saving more than £2 million in the process. The new contract sees id verde cutting grass, sweeping the streets, emptying litter bins and clearing illegally dumped (fly-tipped) rubbish.

Schedules and collection rounds have been re-arranged to make them more efficient, economic and environmentally friendly so you may notice a change in your local area.

We clean and sweep public highways in the district and arranges for grass verges and open spaces to be cut. We currently have 9 cuts per annum in most areas which has recently been increased to account for the longer growing period now experienced in southern England.

  • Streetcare
    • litter-picking & emptying of over one thousand bins
    • grass cutting of public verges and open spaces
    • mechanical road sweeping
    • graffiti cleaning (offensive)
  • 2018 Grass Cutting programme

    The Grass Cutting programme for 2018 began in March. This programme covers the cutting of Hampshire County Council highway verges and open spaces under the control of Winchester City Council. Each of these areas will get nine visits during March to October (approximately every 4 weeks). The grass will be cut with arisings (cuttings) left in situ whilst paths will be blown clear.

    Contract Monitoring Officers will be carrying out checks of grass cutting work, however if you have any particular concerns regarding grass cutting in your area, in particular any that may potentially be unsafe then please call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 300 0013. Voicemail messages can be left or use the online reporting app.

    Grass Cutting Update

    Since the 2018 grass cutting programme started in March, we have experienced some of the highest levels of rainfall for a number of years.

    This has meant that grass in some areas has not been cut so far this year. Even when the rain has stopped the ground has been too soft for industrial ride on mowers.

    The combination of wet conditions and recent warm weather has boosted grass growth. We are working with our contractors to bring the affected areas back to standard as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

  • Great British Spring Clean 2018

    Winchester residents can join a campaign that is aiming to get half a million people across the country to clean up their local community in March 2018.

    The National Great British Spring Clean event comes to Winchester between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 March 2018.

    Winchester City Council is encouraging and supporting groups and individuals, who want to ‘do their bit’ to join the growing team of #LitterHeroes and help clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages and countryside.

    People taking part in the event, will be able to use litter picking equipment supplied by Winchester’s street cleansing contractor Idverde to clear litter from an area of your choice.

    Residents can register their own litter picks by emailing Idverde directly at

    Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

    For more on the nationwide campaign visit

  • Local Litter Champions

    Could you organise a street or neighbourhood litter-picking event? Or perhaps act as the 'eyes and ears' of your community if your area suffers from fly-tipping?

    We will provide equipment, training and support, and take away however much rubbish you collect. Studies show that when people take an active interest in their neighbourhood it is the best way to deter anti-social behaviour. Please come forward and contact us if you'd like to make a difference and look at the websites below for ideas.

    Littering is an offence - report it

    Litter picking on main trunk roads is expensive, time consuming and dangerous. If you see litter being thrown from a vehicle please report it to: Keep Britain Tidy website.

    WCC Community Neighbourhood Services hold regular Big Clean UP’s across the district. Please see their web page to find out how you can get involved.
    If there is glass on pavements or roads, or if the litter is likely to cause a hazard to pedestrians the council can also arrange for its removal outside normal working hours:

    • Telephone: 0300 300 0013 (during office hours)