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Trees, hedges and verges beside roads and footways

In most cases the grass verges beside roads and footways, up to the boundary wall, hedge or fence, are part of the road. It's our responsibility to maintain the verges, including cutting the grass.

We usually delegate this work to the local district or borough council. They'll normally employ a contractor to carry it out.

We determine the frequency of cutting at each location. This varies from annually on minor rural roads to 5 times a year in urban pedestrian areas. Verges are cut one swathe width (approximately one metre) from the edge of the road or footway.

This grass cutting is undertaken for highway (roads and pathways) safety reasons rather than for tidiness so not all verges are mowed.

District or borough councils may carry out additional mowing within the highway for amenity purposes.

A few parish councils have taken over some of the grass cutting in their villages in order to provide a more frequent service.

As far as possible we're also responsible for keeping the verges in a safe condition and clear of obstacles, for example advertising signs.

This is especially important at road junctions or accesses where clear visibility for drivers and pedestrians is essential. Collection and removal of litter, fly tipped material and abandoned cars from the verge is the responsibility of the local district or borough council.

For out of hours emergencies like fallen trees in storms, please call the police, tel: 101.

Report overgrown trees, hedges, verges or plants