Street cleansing, litter and road sweeping

Grass cutting

If you are a resident, you can tell us about:

  • badly cut grass
  • damage to a road verge
  • loose grass cuttings

How to tell us that grass needs cutting

Telephone: 0300 300 8302

Grass cutting – what we do

We are responsible for cutting the majority of grass that is publicly owned, e.g. highway verges and amenity areas. However, there are many areas that are maintained by town and parish councils, housing associations, developers or voluntary bodies.

You can check who is responsible for roadside grass in your area (PDF 358.2KB) .

In fulfilling our responsibilities as a highway authority, we are required to keep verges safe and unobstructed and this is particularly important at road junctions where clear visibility for motorists and pedestrians is necessary. We aim to cut urban grass areas 6 times per year between March and September.

In rural areas, we aim to cut 3 times per year in April, June and September. A number of grass verges have been designated as roadside nature reserves (link opens in new window) as they contain rare or endangered species of flora / fauna. Here, the grass cutting regime is tailored to suit.

Please note: Grass cutting schedules are generally weather dependent and can change on weather, ground conditions and on the rate of grass growth.


We carry out a weed spray of road and footpath edges in all towns and villages during April to June and another in September where required. We use a weed control spray with no residue so it will only affect plants where there is direct contact.