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Parks and open spaces

The importance of green open spaces to our quality of life is enormous. Attractive, safe and accessible parks contribute to positive social, economic and environmental benefits, improving our health and well being. Our Borough is fortunate to have many green spaces, from small parks to large recreational open spaces. These include the award winning Sensory Garden, Civic Gardens and Westbury Manor which are all near to Fareham's busy town centre. There are three other large parks in the Borough - Portchester Park in Portchester, Blackbrook Park in North Fareham and Locks Heath House Park in Locks Heath. We maintain these so that they look their best for the large number of visitors they attract. 

Our operations team is responsible for the upkeep of all the Borough's parks and open spaces.

See our Leisure section for Fareham In Bloom.

Grass cutting

We use a variety of equipment to cut grass between March and early November. Rotary mowers are used in confined spaces, such as cemeteries and housing areas, while flail ride-on mowers are used on small open spaces, recreation grounds and other large spaces. Tractor-towed cylinder cut gang units are used on cricket outfields, football pitches, recreation grounds and other open spaces. Strimmers and glyphosate herbicide are used on grass banks. We cut grass on an average 10-day cycle but this can be extended depending on weather conditions and grass growth rate.

Shrub beds/rose beds

Shrub beds receive formative pruning annually in winter and in the summer to remove overhang from paths. Rose beds are pruned at the appropriate time of year for each species. All weeds are removed throughout the growing season and as part of winter maintenance.

Bedding displays, hanging baskets and troughs

The Operations Team maintain all the floral bedding displays provided by Fareham Borough Council, and also maintain all the displays provided through the sponsorship of roundabouts scheme.


Hedges are cut twice a year using handheld and tractor-mounted cutting equipment. We start in July to avoid the peak spring and early summer bird nesting season. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes it an offence to disturb nesting birds. The second cut begins in October and is completed by December. Tops are cut flat where appropriate and all hedge bases are cut back and cleared.


Litter bins are emptied from all the open spaces on a weekly cycle and the sites are litter picked as part of this operation.

For more information please contact Customer Services on Tel: 01329 236100 or e-mail:

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