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Maintenance of verges (grassed areas)

The majority of grass verges adjacent to roads are within the public highway and therefore come under our responsibility as Highway Authority.

We cut grass to ensure that people can use roads and pavements safely. Although environmental issues are of paramount concern, grass cutting is actually carried out for highway safety reasons rather than environmental purposes.

In fulfilling our responsibilities as Highway Authority, we are required to keep verges safe and unobstructed and this is particularly important at road junctions where clear visibility for motorists and pedestrians is important.

We arrange grass cutting in-house or via external contractors. Funding is allocated annually through the routine highways maintenance budget to ensure that grass cutting is continued throughout the growing season.

In rural areas, a number of grass verges have rare or endangered species of flora/fauna and here the grass cutting regime is tailored to suit.

Report a problem with a verge

Grass cutting

We cut the grass on all council owned land, ie:

  • highways
  • verges
  • public open space
  • schools
  • parks
  • town centres
  • memorial gardens

To report problems with grass in any of the areas above please contact us on 020 8356 2897.

Report a problem with grass cutting

What grass don’t we cut?

We don’t cut grass that is:

  • privately owned
  • on properties or estates not owned by the Council
Page updated on: 6 June 2019



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