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Sometimes we aren’t able to cut grass on a verge, this could be due to:
A parked vehicle
Daffodils or wild flowers in bloom
Bins left out
Our grass cutting teams log missed cuts and where possible we return to missed areas, however we have a set programme to follow so it's not always possible and instead it will be picked up on the next scheduled cut. Please remember we cut for safety purposes not for aesthetic reasons.
Our 9 gangs cut the equivalent of nearly 36 full sized football pitches a day. The amount of clippings means we couldn't collect them. Our cutting teams use equipment to blow cuttings onto the verge, but this can sometimes be made harder by weather conditions.
In larger areas we divide the grass cutting routes into zones which mean some streets / roads fall on different days. For example Loughborough takes 15 days and is split into different zones. This applies to other large areas such as Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Market Harborough which each take up to 5 days and Oadby & Wigston takes almost 10 days. So when you notice other nearby verges have been cut your verge is likely to be cut soon.
Grass cutting is very dependent on the weather. In the same way that you would struggle to cut your lawn whilst it is raining, long wet grass can clog up the blades in our tractors and mowers. Long grass also tends to flatten a little when it's wet, so it's more difficult for the cutting heads to cut the grass to a consistent height. As the weather improves so will the quality of cut.
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
The first rural grass cut starts on Monday 15April and the whole County will be completed by Friday 24 May.
Roads in between towns and villages (40mph and above) are classed as rural grass cutting routes, these are generally highway verges between village entry signs. These are cut in a nominal 1 metre swathe from the edge of the carriageway or footway, to ensure that vegetation does not restrict visibility for highway users.
To safely cut grass alongside dual carriageways and slip roads we have to arrange lane closures.
M1 Junction 21
1 - 2 June
A4303 Junction 20 to Magna Park
3 - 5 June
A47 Clickers Way
A6 Great Glen Bypass
6 - 7 June
A46 Newark Road, Thurmaston
8 - 9 June
A50/A511 Groby to Bardon
11 - 14 June
A47 Billesdon Crossroads
A6 Birstall to Loughborough
18 - 20 June
A6 Derby Road Dishley to Hathern
Wild flowers bloom in spring
Our grass cutting teams cut around planted bulbs such as daffodils. These areas are not cut until around June, after the daffodil season has died down. This is usually around the 3rd cut of the season. If we’re informed of an unusual species of wildflower such as an orchid, we will take advice from Council’s Principal Ecologist and amend our mowing programme to avoid harm.
Private accesses are the property owners responsibility
A private access is defined as an access that goes back onto non-highway land. When we undertake a single swathe along the route we will continue the 1m swathe across the private access but we don’t cut back the visibility splay around the access, this is the property owners responsibility.
We spray weeds in late May and late September.
We treat weeds with an environmentally friendly herbicide weed killer called glyphosate, which works on contact with weeds. Once sprayed brown spots will start to appear and it takes around 4 weeks for the herbicide to kill the weed completely. By law the weed killer that we use is no stronger than products sold at DIY stores.
Most hedges are privately owned and we are currently only responsible for cutting hedges in just 250 locations across the county. Routine cutting 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 and not appearance, to ensure branches do not overhang the highway or footway.
Edging back requests
Edging back of footways is usually done outside of the grass cutting season between October and March.
Report a grass cutting problem
We do our best to keep to the grass cutting schedule, but sometimes problems like bad weather can delay a cut. When this happens we try to catch up as soon as possible.
Please be aware that we only cut grass for safety reasons, not appearance.
If overgrown grass is causing a problem you can tell us about it. Search for the grass you would like to report using a place name or postcode on the map above. Then select the area of grass to report an issue.
If you cannot find the area of grass you would like to report, it may be cut by a Parish council. A list of contact details is available above, see 'Villages & Towns maintained by a Parish Council on our behalf'.
The grass cutting map is only an illustrative representation of the areas which the Council understands to be its responsibility as Highway Authority. The extent of the adopted public highway was not verified when compiling this dataset, so it may contain inaccuracies.
If you have reason to believe that any of the information is incorrect, please send a plan along with supporting information to the Council’s Highway Record Enquiries team (firstname.lastname@example.org) where the extent of the highway in the vicinity of the grass area will be investigated.
Please note that the presumption without evidence to the contrary is that any ditches or private boundary features (e.g. hedges) which overlap into the areas shown are the responsibility of the landowner adjoining the highway, and not the Highway Authority.