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Grass cutting

Urban grass cutting

The routine urban grass cutting is due to start on Tuesday 6 April 2021 (weather dependant and subject to change). 

You can search our grass cutting map by postcode or place name to find upcoming cut dates, then click on it to see when it will be cut or any reported issues. We aim to cut on, or within, 3 working days of the programmed cut date.

33 Parish Councils cut grass in their areas on our behalf.


Frequently asked questions


Motorways and Trunk Roads are cut by Highways England

The A5 / A46 / A42 / A453 / A52 / A50 (J24 towards Stoke) / A14 / M1 / M69 / M42 and M6 are the responsibility of Highways England. You can report a grass issue to them by calling 0300 123 5000.

Rural grass cutting

Grass on the verges either side of 60mph roads linking towns and villages is classed as rural grass. Tractors are required to cut grass growing along these roads, this will start mid to late April – dependant on growing conditions.

Junctions and bends in the road are cut right back for safety purposes – we have a duty to ensure visibility is maintained for road users.  Junctions and bends will be cut three times.

The rural network is 3.9 million linear metres and our contractors’ tractors travel the equivalent of the length of the UK three times over on each cut!

Where there is a private access it is the responsibility of the property owners along the rural roads to keep their entrance clear and safe to access in and out of the property grounds.

Daffodils and planted bulbs

Our grass cutting teams cut around planted bulbs such as daffodils. These areas are not cut until around June, usually around our 3rd cut, after the daffodil season has died down. This often leads to queries about why areas have been left but if we cut them down too early they won’t return next Spring.

Urban wildflower verge scheme

41 Parish Councils are displaying Blue Hearts on 54 verges across Leicestershire, indicating that the verge has been left as part of the rewilding Britain’s roadside verges campaign.

If you are keen to join the campaign and see verges left uncut in your town or village please speak to your Parish or District Council who can speak to us about taking part in the 2022 urban verge scheme.

Weed spraying

We carry out 2 weed spray treatments per year, the first in late May and the second in late September. By law the weed killer that we use is no stronger than products sold at DIY stores.

The treatment works on contact with existing weeds and does not pre-treat areas, so should weeds appear following the first treatment they won’t get sprayed again till the second time. We do not have resources to manually pull weeds out.

Hedge cutting

The majority of hedges are privately owned by adjacent landowners. 

Routine cutting of our highway owned hedges is restricted to between October and February, to avoid bird nesting season and fit around the grass cutting programme.

Hedges are only cut for safety reasons to ensure branches do not overhang the carriageway or footway/cycleways.

Edging back requests

Edging back mean ‘pushing back’ overgrown verge which has spread and narrowed the existing footway and is usually done between October and March when the ground is softer.

Resources are directed at priority sites. For example, where concern is raised that the footway width is reduced so much that it is making it difficult for parents with pushchairs or wheelchair users to pass.

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