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Grass, hedges and shrubs

Our grounds maintenance team is responsible for ensuring that our grass, hedges and shrubs are cut and trimmed.

Report a problem

If you have a serious concern regarding highway visibility, or if you wish to make a general enquiry or report a problem with grass, hedges or shrubs on our land, use the online form below.

You can also make a report by calling customer services on 023 8028 5000.

For issues relating to safety, verge damage or trees on the verge contact  Hampshire County Council.

Grass cutting

We cut the grass on council-owned land. We do not cut grass on private property or land owned by other organisations, such as parish councils, unless there is an agreement in place.

You can identify whether we own areas of grass by searching our online mapping system.

We relax grass cutting when we can. We need to balance maintaining grass areas with the needs of our local environment, wildlife, and residents and visitors.

Grass will be left to grow in some areas of the district in May.

The frequency of the cut depends on the type of land use.

  • Urban areas are generally cut at 40mph or less. We cut up to eight times a year between mid-March and early November on behalf of Hampshire County Council. The cut frequency is generally every four to five weeks, depending on the season and weather conditions.
  • Rural road verges are generally cut at over 40mph. These verges are cut by Hampshire County Council.
  • Cemeteries are cut regularly, typically monthly, depending on weather conditions and interments.
  • Public open spaces are generally cut every four to five weeks between mid-March and early November. Find out more about public open spaces.

There may be changes to the planned cutting programme due to:

  • weather
  • ground or soil conditions
  • where we are introducing wildflower meadows to help biodiversity and wildlife.

The grass is not collected after it is cut. It is left to break down back into the soil. We will clear significant amounts of grass from the footpath after cutting to keep the area tidy.

Hedge maintenance

We cut over 30,000 metres of hedge every year in:

The hedges are cut twice a year, in July and November. We always try to litter pick the area around the hedge before and after cutting to keep it tidy.

We do not cut hedges during the bird nesting period unless there is a safety risk, such as with an obstruction or at road junction sight lines.

Hedges on private property should be cut and maintained by the owner or occupier of the property.

We publish advice about .

Shrub bed maintenance

Shrub beds in car parks, council housing and along the highway are cared for by our grounds maintenance team. They are visited throughout the year, with the main maintenance works undertaken over the winter.

Shrub beds are pruned in line with good horticultural practice.

Edging, weed control and litter removal are carried out when required.

Cemetery maintenance

Our grounds maintenance team carry out a range of work in our cemeteries, to keep them as places of peace and tranquillity.

Find out more about cemeteries.

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