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Grass cutting starts in the county

Photo of two people in safety gear and grass cutting equipment
A county council urban grass cutting team

The county council's annual programme of grass cutting has started across Leicestershire this month.

Teams are mowing the equivalent of 28 football pitches a day in towns and villages across Leicestershire, cutting the equivalent of three million square metres of grass.

Residents can check when their grass will be cut on the county council’s map. 

Check the interactive grass map 

The routine maintenance is primarily focused for now on urban routes, which are cut six times throughout the season.

These routes are mainly on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or less and sometimes the work is undertaken on the county council's behalf by the district or parish council.

We cut grass in towns and villages for safety reasons, not just to enhance the look of communities.

Looking after verges, central reservations and islands ensures that visibility is not restricted for road users at junctions and that pavement widths are not reduced. I would encourage people to have a look at the interactive map to find out when the teams are in their area.

The council will also be commencing its rural programme which focuses on cutting back of the verges on corners, bends, and junctions  on roads between villages, again to help with visibility and safety.

Ann Carruthers added: “We’ve changed the way which we manage our rural verges after residents said that they would prefer less grass to be cut and wildflowers allowed to thrive.

“Our teams are working hard to balance our environmental commitments while keeping road users as safe as we can.

"There will always be a need to cut some grass verges for visibility, but last year marked the largest reduction in the number of rural roadsides being cut.”

The county council will also be leaving 55 wildflower verges across Leicestershire uncut as parish councils prepare them to bloom this summer.

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