Grass cutting and weed killing

Grass cutting and weed killing on road verges is undertaken by the County Council in rural areas, and local councils in urban areas.

Grass cutting in rural areas

We cut rural grass and foliage once per year, usually during spring.  Swathes of 1m, 2m or 3m wide are cut depending on the location.

For safety reasons we cut grass and foliage as and when needed to provide visibility at bends, highway junctions and to traffic signs. Visibility cuts do not apply at the access to private roads or residences.  If you have safety related concerns regarding highway grass or foliage please use the link below.

Report grass and foliage growth that is causing a safety risk because of reduced visibility

Road verges of ecological interest are covered by a separate cutting programme to ensure we protect and maintain biodiversity wherever possible.

We cut 3,700 km of rural verge every year through our scheduled programmes. Hampshire County Council’s appointed highways contractor carries out the rural grass cutting programme.

Grass cutting in urban areas

Grass cutting in urban areas is done by the local city, district, borough council on behalf of the County Council.

If you are concerned about an area of overgrowth in an urban area, please contact the relevant council

Weed killing

We treat weeds at least once a year using a non-residual ‘glyphosate’ based herbicide.

Usually we do this over the summer months along footways and kerbs in towns and villages. Weed spray treatment needs dry weather to be effective. We may delay treatment if rain is forecast.

We keep a record of known growth sites of injurious and invasive weeds. We treat Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Marestail three times a year. We control Ragwort and Himalayan Balsam through a combination of hand pulling and cutting.

Report a ragwort or other injurious weed site

Some city, district, and borough councils manage weed control, excluding injurious weeds, on behalf of the County Council. They are:

  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Eastleigh Borough Council
  • New Forest District Council
  • Havant Borough Council
  • Hart District Council
  • Gosport Borough Council
Executive Member decision 19 January 2016

On 19 January 2016 the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment made a decision on service levels and delivery agencies for highways environmental maintenance. The decision took account of the outcome of a public consultation.

Decision record and supporting documents