Grass cutting

Grass cutting is split into two types: rural and urban.

Where strimming around obstacles like signposts is needed, this will happen within 3 days of the grass cutting.

Planned dates may be delayed due to weather conditions.

Rural grass cutting

We manage a total area of 9’948’148 million M² of rural grass across Buckinghamshire.

Our main focus on highway verges is around areas that are key to maintaining visibility such as at junctions, laybys, and the inside of bends.

The aim of rural grass-cutting is to keep the highway safe by maintaining visibility for all road users.

We are carrying out 4 cuts this year consisting of:

Type of grass cut Expected date of cut

Vision splay/junction cut

April to May 2022

Second vision splay/junction cut

May to June 2022

1 metre swathe cut

June to August 2022

Final vision splay/junction cut

September to October 2022

This program is designed to maintain the necessary sightlines and vision splays at junctions whilst minimising the destruction of flora/fauna and wildlife which relies on unkempt grass.

We are currently working with Natural Environmental Partnership (NEP) who are involved with the management of rural grass for the benefit of wildlife.

Currently Transport for Buckinghamshire only cut a meter swathe once a year which, timing wise, is in line with good practice/recommendations.

In addition, we are trialling a method called cut-and-collect on 19 pilot sites across Buckinghamshire.

Urban grass cutting

Urban or amenity grass cutting is done to provide an appropriate level of amenity within certain urban areas.

Where we retain responsibility (namely grass cutting that has not been devolved to local parish councils), then we will self-deliver urban grass using our own labour force, giving a higher degree of control and flexibility to our programmes.

Cut grass is not collected but will be cleared from footpaths using leaf blowers.

Three urban cuts will take place during the season as follows:

Cut number/phase Date of cut

Cut 1

April to June

Cut 2

June to August

Cut 3

August to October

Each cut across Buckinghamshire consists of Circa 1.2 million metres-squared.

Parish councils who have taken on urban cutting

Many of the parishes in Buckinghamshire have signed up to take over responsibility for urban grass cutting from Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB).

Transport for Buckinghamshire retain responsibility for rural grass cutting and grass on central reservations.

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Report a grass cutting issue

You can report issues with grass cutting online.

Issues may include:

  • overgrown grass, shrubbery or weeds
  • grass or shrubs decreasing visibility for road users
  • grass or shrubs which are a tripping hazard for pedestrians
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