Horticultural practices

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Aberdeen City Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.

1. Does the council manage the grounds for schools, nurseries and hospitals? If so, please provide a list where the use of glyphosate is permitted on their grounds.

2. How much does the council spend on mowing grass every year? (Please include staff costs of people employed to undertake this (either contractors or council staff) and equipment costs).

3. How much grassed open space (both informal and formal) does the council manage and maintain in total?

4. How much does the council spend on purchasing bedding plants for floral displays and where are the plants sourced from?

5. How much does the council spend on the maintenance of these floral displays per year?

6. On average, how many complaints does the council get about weeds every year?

7. Does the council use peat-based compost? If so, how much is used each year?

8. How is the council implementing the ‘Pollinator Strategy for Scotland 2017-2027’ (https://www.nature.scot/pollinator-strat...

If it is not possible to provide the information requested above for any reason, I would be grateful for any further advice or assistance as to how I can refine my request. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs as necessary.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

James Byrne

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Byrne,

 

Information enquiry reference EIR-20-0803.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 17
August 2020. 

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 14 September 2020.

 

While Aberdeen City Council are prioritising resources to support
vulnerable citizens and essential services, we remain committed to provide
responses to requests as soon as we can.

 

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Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

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Dear Mr Byrne,

 

Thank you for your information request of 17 August 2020. Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested. Our response is now detailed below.

 

1. Does the council manage the grounds for schools, nurseries and
hospitals? If so, please provide a list where the use of glyphosate is
permitted on their grounds.

Glyphosate is permitted on all Aberdeen City Council (ACC) sites. ACC
manage the following schools:

 

ABBOTSWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL

ABERDEEN GRAMMAR SCHOOL

ASHGROVE CHILDRENS CENTRE, GILLESPIE PLACE

ASHLEY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL, ASHLEY ROAD

BRAESIDE SCHOOL

BRAMBLE BRAE PRIMARY SCHOOL

BRIDGE OF DON ACADEMY & COMM.CENTRE, BRAEHEAD WAY

BRIMMOND PRIMARY SCHOOL

BROOMHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

CHARLESTON SCHOOL NURSERY & PRIMARY, CHARLESTON RD

CORDYCE SPECIAL SCHOOL, RIVERVIEW DRIVE

CORNHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

CULTER PRIMARY SCHOOL, SCHOOL ROAD

CULTS PRIMARY SCHOOL

DANESTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL

DYCE ACADEMY

DYCE PRIMARY SCHOOL

FERNIELEA PRIMARY SCHOOL

FERRYHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

FOREHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, JESMOND DRIVE

GILCOMSTOUN PRIMARY SCHOOL, SKENE ST

GLASHIEBURN SCHOOL, JESMOND DRIVE

GREENBRAE PRIMARY SCHOOL

HANOVER STREET SCHOOL

HARLAW ACADEMY

HAZLEHEAD ACADEMY

HAZLEWOOD SCHOOL

HOLY FAMILY R.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL

KINGSFORD SCHOOL, KINGSFORD ROAD

KINGSWELLS PRIMARY SCHOOL

KIRKHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

KITTYBREWSTER SCHOOL

LOIRSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

MIDDLETON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL

MILLTIMBER PRIMARY SCHOOL

MUIRFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL, MASTRICK DRIVE

NORTHFIELD ACADEMY

OLDMACHAR ACADEMY

ORCHARD BRAE PRIMARY SCHOOL

QUARRYHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

RIVERBANK PRIMARY SCHOOL, DILL ROAD

SCOTSTOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL, SCOTSTOWN ROAD

SKENE SQUARE PRIMARY SCHOOL

ST JOSEPHS RC SCHOOL QUEEN'S CROSS

ST MACHAR ACADEMY

ST PETER'S R.C. PRIMARY SCHOOL

ST.MACHAR ACADEMY PLAYING FIELD

STONEYWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL

SUNNYBANK PRIMARY SCHOOL, SUNNYBANK ROAD

TULLOS PRIMARY SCHOOL, GIRDLENESS ROAD

WALKER ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL, WALKER ROAD

WESTPARK PRIMARY SCHOOL, CRUDEN CRESCENT

WOODLANDS SCHOOL, REGENT WALK

WOODSIDE SCHOOL

 

ACC do not manage the hospital sites.

 

2. How much does the council spend on mowing grass every year? (Please
include staff costs of people employed to undertake this (either
contractors or council staff) and equipment costs).

£2,931,011

 

3. How much grassed open space (both informal and formal) does the council
manage and maintain in total?

14,400,000 m2

 

4. How much does the council spend on purchasing bedding plants for floral
displays and where are the plants sourced from?

Pentland Plants, Cove Bay Nurseries and approximately £15,850 per year.

 

5. How much does the council spend on the maintenance of these floral
displays per year?

Approx. £6,400 per year

 

6. On average, how many complaints does the council get about weeds every
year?

2018 – 81

2019 - 111

2020 – 81 (to date)

 

7. Does the council use peat-based compost? If so, how much is used each
year?

Yes, around 102,250 litres

 

8. How is the council implementing the ‘Pollinator Strategy for Scotland
2017-2027’
([1]https://www.nature.scot/pollinator-strat...

For many years Aberdeen City Council has promoted good pollinator habitat
across many of its countryside sites and parks through the management of
areas as wildflower meadows and the establishment of pollinator friendly
planting schemes where possible.

 

ACC actively supports local beekeepers by allowing them to keep hives on
suitable allotment sites and parks where it is safe to do so.  

 

In the last three years significant areas of wildflowers have been
established with Scottish sourced wildflower seeds as part of flood
alleviation schemes and community projects in local greenspaces.  

 

The maintenance regimes of many of the greenspaces has been changed from
close mown grass to annual cuts to promote biodiversity in general which
also support pollinating insects. This is likely to be further extended in
coming years.

 

The ACC Countryside Ranger Service actively promotes pollinating insects
through public events, outdoor learning with school and community groups
and volunteers helping with habitat management. One of the Countryside
Rangers is also a beekeeper and gives talks on beekeeping as well as
advising others on suitable places to keep bees. The Countryside Ranger
team submit biological records of pollinators and other species to the NE
Scotland Biological Record Centre as a matter of course to help with
maintaining good records to inform decision making processes for habitat
management, new developments and many other uses.

 

The Countryside Ranger Service take part in and encourage public
involvement in citizen science projects and national monitoring programmes
such as the Butterfly Conservation transects and surveys, National Moth
Week etc

 

ACC is currently working in partnership with Buglife, neighbouring local
authorities and other land managers to develop the Buglife B-Line network
in NE Scotland. This is developing a UK wide network of linked
high-quality pollinator friendly habitats. It is also looking to develop
and enhance the connectivity along these 3km wide corridors between
existing sites through working with landowners.

 

ACC works in partnership with the NE Scotland Biodiversity Partnership to
develop and promote pollinator friendly areas including work with schools
to raise awareness and develop areas within school grounds.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Access to Information Officer

 

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Dear Mr Webster,

Many thanks for the information, it is very much appreciated.

Best wishes,
James