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Our 10 gangs cut 3.7m square metres on each four week cycle - that's the equivalent of 556 Kind Power Stadiums on each cut. 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 National Highways
The A5 / A46 / A42 / A453 / A52 / A50 (J24 towards Stoke) / A14 / M1 / M69 / M42 and M6 are the responsibility of National Highways. You can report a grass issue to them by calling 0300 123 5000.
Rural grass cutting
Where as an urban area is classified anything within a 30 mph zone (or less) in towns and villages, a rural area would be anything that falls outside of this definition – these are the roads that link towns and villages.
On the first cut we only cut junctions and bends in the road – our subsequent cuts will include a nominal 1 metre swathe along the cut kerbside.
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.
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 wildlife verge scheme
Numerous Parish Councils have set up wild flower verges across Leicestershire.
If you're 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 2023 urban verge scheme – or email email@example.com
The weed spraying due to start on 23 May was subject to weather conditions, and the conditions have been wet and windy. This, and the bank holidays meant the programme was delayed until 6 June. It is now underway and our updated programme can be viewed below. The dates are still subject to weather conditions:
It can take up to 2 weeks for the weeds to die back after spraying. It is not possible to spray during periods of wet or windy weather so inclement weather can add further delays to the programme.
If you are concerned about general detritus in the channel please contact your District Council as a road / footpath sweeping concern.
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.
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.