Verge and hedge maintenance

Grass cutting

We cut the grass on verges, and in our parks, open spaces and communal gardens every 12 working days between March and November. However, this schedule changes according to the weather.

If you want to tell us about a piece of grass that you think we’ve missed and haven’t cut, please report the problem online.

Hedges and shrubs

Due to the warm and wet summer we've experienced and as a result of excessive vegetation growth, we've decided to carry out a heavy prune on all hedges and shrubs during winter.

This will produce more manageable hedges but may look unsightly for the first couple of months. Please be assured that this type of pruning is safe and necessary for promoting healthy growth.

We cut all hedges and shrubs in the borough that are either next to roads, or in public open spaces, parks and cemeteries.

Hedges and shrubs are cut annually between November and March, but again depends on the weather. We also cut back verges on rural country lanes 3 times a year.

We'll only cut back a hedge or shrub if it's causing an obstruction of affecting the visibility of the road (this does not include hedge height). To report an overgrown hedge or shrub please email us at


Every autumn we clear a large number of leaves that fall from trees. Our main sweeping schedule takes place from October to December but this can change due to the weather conditions.

The majority of leaves are cleared by our normal sweeping service but some areas require extra leaf clearance due to a high number of trees. You can check our leaf fall clearance schedule to see if your road is listed. If your road is not included it will be cleared during our normal sweeping service.

We monitor the clearance schedule during autumn but if you have any safety concerns please email us at

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