With the weather getting colder, we wanted to share some top tips for weather proofing your outdoor space to make sure it’s winter-ready.

Clearing fall leaves
It’s a busy time of year for our Estates Services team, who will be clearing fallen leaves from the communal paths and spaces across all our locations. If you have any individual pathways or outdoor spaces, it’s a good idea to sweep any fallen leaves to make sure there are no slip hazards during wet and damp conditions.

It’s a good idea to think about what you’re going to do with the leaves before you start any clearance too. Most councils provide a garden waste collection service. You can find out more at gov.uk/garden-waste-disposal

Leaves and debris from tress in gutters can cause blockages. This can cause water to spill over the side of your gutters, which could encourage dampness and mould to your exterior walls.

If you do spot any blocked guttering, please report this to us, and we’ll arrange for  it to be cleared.

Looking after your outdoor furniture
Make sure you put any moveable items – such as parasols and outdoor tables and chairs – in storage to protect them from damp and wind exposure.

Please do not store any items on your balcony as this can encourage the spread of fire and remember – plastic or wooden sheds aren’t allowed on balconies. A small metal cabinet may be acceptable for storage but please contact us before considering installing one.

We ask that you don’t have any fires or naked flames on your balcony or communal areas at any time, this includes barbecues, chimineas, fire pits and candles.

Winter wildlife
The winter months can be tough for our wildlife, but we can give them a bit of a helping hand. You can place bird feeders in your outdoor space or make a hedgehog shelter to help them when it gets cold.

Other ways to make sure you’re winter ready
Visit our winter-ready page to find lots of tips and links to services that could help you this winter.

Contact us
Please contact us if you have any questions or you would like to report a communal repair.