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Verge cutting information and maintenance standards in Dorset

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Report a problem with verges, trees and hedges. If you're unsure who is responsible for the land in question, check your area using our  interactive map.

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Verge cutting by county

For details of verge cutting in your area, select your county:

Christchurch

In urban areas, the highway grass verges are cut up to 7 times a year by Christchurch and East Dorset Councils (EDC). Mowing starts usually in mid-March and continues cyclically every 5 or 6 weeks depending on the weather and ground conditions. If you have a problem with grass cutting in your area after 6 weeks of the previous cut, contact the Grounds Maintenance Team.

Rural highway grass verges are cut twice a year. Flail mowing usually takes place in May/June and August/September.

East Dorset

In urban areas, Christchurch and EDC cut the highway grass verges. They do this up to 7 times a year between March and October as this is the main growing season. If you have a problem with grass cutting in your area after 6 weeks of the previous cut, contact the Grounds Maintenance team.

We will continue to cut rural highway grass verges when sight lines are obscured, as happened in the past. Grass areas adjacent to highways will continue to be cut to their usual standard.

North Dorset

We are responsible for grass cutting along highways and public footpaths. Due to financial pressures affecting all local authorities, we have reduced our funding which has affected the schedule for cutting grass verges.

Mowing usually starts in mid-March and continues cyclically every 3 or 4 weeks depending on the weather and ground conditions. Please be aware that periods of heavy or continued rainfall will interrupt the work schedule and longer grass will occur.

Rural highway grass verges are cut twice a year. Flail mowing usually takes place in May/June and August/September.

Amenity grass areas and highway verges will be cut to the standard of up to 7 cuts a year. There may be a few changes to coverage as the new mowing schedule takes shape.

For more information and enquiries,  contact your council.

Purbeck

We are responsible for grass cutting along highways and public footpaths. Purbeck District Council (PDC) is responsible for maintaining council owned land, it is cut approximately 12 times during the cutting season. You can view which areas this includes on our interactive map.

Due to financial pressures affecting all local authorities, we have reduced our funding which has affected the schedule for cutting grass verges.

In urban areas, the highway grass verges are cut up to seven times a year. Mowing starts usually in mid-March and continues cyclically every 5 or 6 weeks depending on the weather and ground conditions. Please be aware that periods of heavy or continued rainfall will interrupt the work schedule and longer grass will occur.

Rural highway grass verges are cut 2 a year. Flail mowing usually takes place in May/June and August/September.

For more information and enquiries,  contact your council.

West Dorset Council

We are responsible for grass cutting along highways and public footpaths. We are also responsible for corporate buildings and land surrounding car parks. Due to financial pressures affecting all local authorities, we have reduced our funding which has affected the schedule for cutting grass verges.

In urban areas, the highway grass verges are cut six times a year. Mowing starts usually in mid-March and continues cyclically every 5 or 6 weeks depending on the weather and ground conditions. Please be aware that periods of heavy or continued rainfall will interrupt the work schedule and longer grass will occur.

Rural highway grass verges are cut twice a year. Flail mowing usually takes place in May/June and August/September.

For more information and enquiries, contact your council.

Weymouth and Portland

We are responsible for grass cutting along highways and public footpaths. We cut the grass and vegetation on public footpaths, however Weymouth and Portland Borough Council carries out the highway verge maintenance work on our behalf. Other grass open space areas, parks and gardens are the responsibility of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. Due to financial pressures affecting all local authorities, we have reduced our funding which has affected the schedule for cutting grass verges.

Mowing starts usually in mid-March and continues cyclically every 3 or 4 weeks depending on the weather and ground conditions. Please be aware that periods of heavy or continued rainfall will interrupt the work schedule and longer grass will occur.

Rural highway grass verges are cut twice a year. Flail mowing usually takes place in May/June and August/September.

Amenity grass areas and highway verges will be cut to the standard of up to 7 cuts a year. There may be a few changes to coverage as the new mowing schedule takes shape.

Contact your council

For all enquiries relating to the standards being provided on highways and public footpaths, contact:

  • Christchurch and East Dorset - the Grounds Maintenance team
  • North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland - the Coast and Countryside Service

For details about amenity grass standards or operational matters, contact:

  • Christchurch and East Dorset - the Grounds Maintenance team
  • North Dorset - the Coast and Countryside Service
  • Purbeck - Purbeck District Council Environment team
  • West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland - Weymouth and Portland Parks Service

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