Grass cutting frequently asked questions

Who cuts the grass?

The local district or borough council is responsible for grass cutting on our behalf in all areas of Surrey except Elmbridge, Tandridge and Mole Valley where we cut the grass ourselves.

Why are some grass verges in urban areas cut more frequently than others?

Each district or borough council has its own grass cutting plan that can be seen on their website. The District or Borough council may pay for additional grass cutting for their area.

Is grass cutting undertaken in all rural areas?

We cut the grass in some rural areas, but not all of them. If the grass stops road users from having a clear view (sight line areas), we cut a one metre wide strip next to the road.

Embankments and steep slopes will not be cut unless they are directly next to road and causing a hazard. Verges will only be cut on either side of the pavement.

Why aren't grass cuttings collected and removed?

It is very expensive to collect and remove grass cuttings. We make sure that grass cuttings are not left on roads, pavements or driveways after cutting.

Can I maintain a grass area near my property?

You are allowed to maintain the grass near your property. If you do choose to maintain the grass, you should make sure you avoid the risk of injury to you, car users or pedestrians.

How do I report a problem with grass cutting?

Outside of Elmbridge, Tandridge and Mole Valley

Contact your local borough or district council to report a problem with grass cutting.

Elmbridge, Tandridge and Mole Valley

Report grass cutting issues online

Why do you leave wild flowers growing?

We always cut back grass and wild flowers when they stop road users from having a clear view. Otherwise, we try to leave wild flowers growing because they help support pollinators that are essential for the environment.