Grass verge cutting

Grass verge cutting in rural areas is carried out to ensure that vegetation does not restrict visibility for the highway user and to provide a refuge for pedestrians.

Our policy is to carry out mowing on a safety basis only, by cutting a one-metre width swathe plus additional areas at junctions and on bends, for visibility purposes, three times a year.

Additional cuts may be sanctioned at locations where visibility is impaired and safety jeopardised.

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Grass cutting in the Districts and Boroughs

Your district or borough council is responsible for amenity grass cutting:

Chemical sprays

Weeds can cause problems when they spread prolifically and /or become established to both the structure of roads, and footways. Therefore to avoid damage it may be necessary to use chemical sprays to eliminate weeds and control growth in the channel of kerbed roads, on the edges of kerbs and on footways. The application of chemical sprays conforms to the Control of Pesticide Regulations and is in accordance with manufacturers, DEFRA and Environment Agency advice.

Control of injurious weeds

We are committed to take a pro-active approach to controlling ‘injurious weeds’, such as ragwort, growing on the highway verge. These weeds are included in the Weeds Act 1959.

It is our policy that where areas of infestation are identified on highway land, through our own inspections and/or public complaints, that the weeds are treated with an appropriate chemical spray.

Where practicable, we will work together with adjacent landowners where infestation covers both highway and adjoining land, to co-ordinate activities for their control.