Grass Verges

Grass vergesGrass verges are important to support wildlife and help improve the local environment.

Cityparks is responsible for cutting and maintaining grass verges alongside the public highway.  This includes cutting grassed areas around social housing developments.

The council also maintains some road verges as wildflower and meadow verges. These are deliberately left to grow during the spring and summer so plants are able to flower and set seed.

The councill currently aims to cut most grass verges 6-10 times a year during the growing season betweeen spring and autumn. This schedule is occasionally disrupted by weather conditions or resource issues.

Grass verges and the Open Spaces Strategy consultation

Over 3,500 people responded to a public consultation in 2016 as part of the development of a new 10 year Open Spaces Strategy.  :

  • 70% of respondents “tended to agree, or strongly agreed” that we should cut verges less;
  • 87% of respondents said we should support residents cutting grass verges with their own tools.

The second most common reason overall that people gave for using our parks and gardens is for contact with nature.

Future city grass verges cutting and management policy

The consultation responses helped Cityparks start to develop a new policy on grass verges:

  • Reduce the frequency of cutting grass verges
  • Create more meadow/wildlife areas
  • Encourage and support residents wishing to cut their own grass verges (more information on this in our Frequently Asked Questions sections - see below.)

Pavement and grass verge parking

You should not park on the pavement or grass verge.

Find out more here.

View our Frequently Asked Questions on grass verge cutting.

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