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Grass cutting

Grass cutting operations

Our grass cutting operation will resume on Monday 12 September 2022 – both urban and rural. This will be the final maintenance cut for the year, to leave verges safe and tidy over winter.

Our mowers will not be in use again until spring 2023.

During the season you can search our grass cutting map by postcode or place name to find the grass you’re interested in, then click on it to see when it will be cut. 

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

Frequently asked questions

Why has my grass verge been missed?

Sometimes we aren’t able to cut grass on a verge, this could be due to:

  • An obstruction i.e. a parked vehicle / wheelie bin
  • Daffodils which cannot be cut until June
  • A dedicated wildlife/flower verge

Our grass cutting teams log missed cuts and where possible we return to reported missed areas.

Why have the grass cuttings been left?

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.

I noticed the street nearby has been cut but not mine?

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.

Villages & Towns maintained by a Parish Council on our behalf
 

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 environmentteam@leics.gov.uk

Weed spraying

Our policy is to spray perennial weeds in the road channels and footways twice per year.

Our contractor is undertaking the second treatment of the County.  Past and future dates are available in this schedule.

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. 

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.