Grass cutting

Grass cutting operations

Our grass cutting and weed spraying operations have now completed, until spring 2024.

Cutting of Leicestershire County Council hedges is underway, across the county, and all sites will be cut by end December.

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. 

32 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 11 gangs cut over 4m square metres on each four week cycle - that's the equivalent of 573 King Power Stadium pitches 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

They are responsible for the A5 / A46 / A42 / A453 / A52 / A50 (J24 towards Stoke) / A14 / M1 / M69 / M42 and M6.

You can report a grass issue to National Highways 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.

We are now on our third and final cut of the season and this is a full cut of the highway verge – from the roadside to the back of the verge.

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 for wildlife verge applications only. For general enquiries about grass cutting and other vegetation issues, please complete the Report a road problem form or call 0116 305 0001.

Weed spraying

We don't have a specific policy for weed removal from the highway – our policy is to spray perennial weeds.

We employ a contractor to spray perennial weeds in the road channels and footways twice a year, to arrest and control growth, preventing structural damage to highway assets. This process is not designed to achieve weed-free roads all year round

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.

High speed urban roads
Location Dates
Oadby, A6 London Road 24 April, 24 May, 22 June, 20 July, 18 August, 18 September
Markfield, A50 Field Head 24 April, 24 May, 22 June, 20 July, 18 August, 18 September
Birstall, A6 Loughborough Road Central Reservations 26 April, 23 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September
Loughborough, Epinal Way/Ashby Rd/Ling Road/Old A6 Central Reservations 26 April, 23 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September
A50, A46 Branting Hill to Glenfield Hospital 25 May, 23 June, 21 July, 25 September
Lubbesthorpe Way – City Boundary to Soar Valley Way 26 May, 26 June, 24 July, 26 September
Grove Farm Triangle, B4114 to Narborough  30 May, 28 June, 26 July, 27 September
Croft, Coventry Road Central Reservation 30 May, 28 June, 26 July, 27 September
Blaby Bypass 31 May-1 June, 29-30 June, 26-27 July, 2-29 September
High speed rural roads

To safely cut grass alongside dual carriageways and slip roads we have to arrange lane closures. These are cut twice during the season.

Location Dates
M1 Junction 21 3 June, 2 September
A4303 Junction 20 to Magna Park 5-7 June, 6-8 September
A47 Clickers Way 7 June, 8 September
A6 Great Glen Bypass 8-9 June
A46 Newark Road, Thurmaston 10-11 June, 9-10 September
A50/A511 Groby to Bardon 12-15 June, 11-15 September
A47 Billesdon Crossroads 16 June, 1 September
A6 Birstall to Loughborough 17-20 June, 19-22 September
A6 Derby Road Dishley to Hathern 20 June, 22 September

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 ( 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.