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Weeds, grass, trees and hedges

Weeds and grass

We deal with weeds on roads and pavements and look after grass verges. You can report a problem online or contact us.

We treat roads for weeds 3 times a year between late April to mid-October. Weeds such as ragwort, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed need special treatment.

Urban grass is found on verges next to roads with a speed limit of 40 mph or less, this is cut eight times a year between April to early November. Rural grass next to roads with speed limit above 40mph, is cut 2-3 times a year.

Trees and hedges

We inspect and treat Highway trees as part of a routine programme, but most are the responsibility of the local council. Any that grow within a hedgerow are normally the responsibility of the landowner, we advise that they have a duty to make sure it is managed.

If you notice a problem with a tree or hedge you should contact your local borough or district council.

Tree preservation

A tree preservation order is made by the local borough or district council and is used to protect specific trees or woodland areas from deliberate damage.

Further information about tree preservation orders can be found on your local borough or district council website:

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