Milton Keynes Council’s landscaping team will be out in full force from this week working on MK’s 124 roundabouts to get them ready for winter.   

The team will cut, clean and spray more than 2 million square metres of roundabout across Milton Keynes over the course of the work.

Landscaping and cleaning work at the end of the summer season is important to keep roundabouts in a good order over the winter and can help to reduce regrowth. 

As well as cutting grass and shrubs, the team will remove weeds around signs and streetlights, trim low branches on trees and remove any dead or nearly dead trees, and lean the roundabouts, scraping any vegetation off safety signs.

Where space allows, any trees and shrubs that are cut back will be chipped into small pieces and left on the roundabout to act as natural barrier to reduce weed growth over the winter. 

Cllr Lauren Townsend, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm said, “We actually maintain more than 10 million square meters of grassland overall and while it’s more common to see our landscaping team working in the spring and summer, we also spend around £800,000 on winter pruning and maintenance. It’s important work to keep our public spaces in good order.”