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 grass and foliage once per year, usually during summer. We cut swathes back to 1m or 2m wide, depending on location.
We cut grass and foliage as and when needed at some locations with known safety issues.
Sites of ecological interest are also covered by a separate cutting programme.
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.
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.