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Grass cutting - Frequently asked questions

Why is the grass cut?

The grass is cut so roads and pavements near grass can be used safely.

Areas where the grass is cut could be highway verges, next to pavements, the central reservation of a road and at junctions where the grass stops road users having a clear view of the road.

When is the grass cut?

In spring, summer and autumn. Usually April, May, June and September, when the grass grows most. The weather can change the grass cutting plan.

Who cuts the grass?

The local District or Borough council, or Surrey County Council cuts the grass. Each District or Borough council has its own grass cutting plan.

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.

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 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.

How do I report a problem with grass cutting?

You can report a problem with grass cutting to us using our report it section.

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. We try to leave wild flowers growing because they help support the environment.