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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Covid - latest information

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country 

Following the government announcement on 14 June, we will update what that means for our services as soon as we can.

You can find more information about current restrictions and what you can and can't do.

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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 will be back out around the county on Monday 14 June to undertake the second cut of the season.

Please see the running order to find out when your area wil be cut:

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As with the first cut we are only cutting junctions and bends in the road for visibility and allowing straight sections the opportunity to flourish and wildlife to benefit.

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

Daffodil cutting will take place during the third cut in June.

Even though they look dead, the plant leaves absorb energy from sunlight (through photosynthesis). That energy is converted into sugar producing chemicals – food that keeps bulbs blooming year after year. If we mow them too early, bulbs are stunted, resulting in smaller and fewer blooms the following year.

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

As a green council we're reviewing our highway weed spraying operation. The programme for this year's spraying has been paused, whilst we look at other ways of managing weeds on the highway.

Further information will be available in late spring/early summer.

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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