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Grass verges and cutting

We are responsible for maintaining over 9 million square metres of grass verges, hedges, shrubs and rose beds and our grass cutting is generally carried out between the months of March and October. We do not cut grass that is privately owned or on properties and estates that do not belong to us.

Grass cuttings
You may notice that clippings have been left after we have cut the grass. This is because we do not collect clippings. Clippings are left distributed evenly over the verge and will compost down back into the soil.  If you do notice that clippings are on paths or in gullies please contact us by going to the email link in contact us and filling in the online form, advising of us of the exact location of the problem, and we will send this through to a monitoring officer to deal with.
 
Why have some areas (like grass banks or large open spaces) not been cut with the rest of the area?
Sometimes areas may not have been cut because they are on a different schedule as other equipment is required to maintain the area. We also use different teams for cutting banks and slopes.
 
Can I cut the grass verge outside my home?
You can apply to cut the grass or dig the verge outside your home and in order to do this you will need to get a licence from us. You can find the application form in the documents section or contact us on 0113 247 7526.
 
I am not able to cut my grass anymore, will the council do it?
If you live in a council property and cannot maintain your garden you should contact your local housing office or adult social care 0113 222 4401 for further information on how we can help.
 
There are lots of weeds on the pavement, can you send someone to treat the area?
Weed treatment spraying can be arranged by calling 0113 39 57400 or you can e-mail us at parks@leeds.gov.uk advising us of the exact location of the problem.
 
How do I report a problem?
If you have a problem you can let us know by going to the email link in contact us and filling in the online form.  Please advise us of the exact location of the problem.
 
Further Information
Please go to the email link in contact us and fill in the online form.
 

Frequently asked questions

Why have the grass cuttings not been removed from the footpath?

Grass cuttings are not collected or removed, but should be distributed evenly over the verge and not left on paths and walkways, in order to prevent slipping.

Why is the grass being cut during adverse weather conditions?

As our contractor is working to a set programme it is important that they try to adhere to the schedule. They will continue to service areas where appropriate, until weather conditions or Health and Safety issues prevent this.

Why have some areas not been cut with the rest of the area (I.e. grass banks/large open spaces)?

The area may be on another maintenance programme as different types of equipment might be required. The contractor has different teams for cutting banks and slopes. Also Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside department maintain most parks and sports grounds.

I am not able to do my gardening anymore, can the council do it?

If you live in a council property, please contact your local housing office to see if they can assist. If you are a resident of a private property, please contact Social Care to see if they can assist. Alternatively, search the Leeds Directory under the Website links section.

There are lots of weeds on the pavement - can you send a weed sprayer?

Weed spraying is managed by Parks and Countryside. Please contact them on 0113 395 7400 or at parks@leeds.gov.uk to request a weed sprayer.

I would like to park my car in my front garden but need to cross a verge and/or footpath to do so,

It is illegal to drive over grass verges or footpaths unless a crossover, approved by Leeds City Council is in place.

If you live in a house owned, or formerly owned by the Council you need to get permission from the local housing office for a hard standing outside your property.

How do I report builders materials e.g. sand, bricks etc, placed on the grass verge causing dama

It is illegal to place building materials, even on a temporary basis, without permission on a verge. Contact the council's Enforcement team with full details of the location. An officer will investigate and ensure these materials are removed, or issue a final warning notice under Section 137 Highways Act 1980 advising that prosecution will be pursued if the materials are not removed.

Permission may be granted by applying for a licence. To apply for a licence, please download and complete the building materials licence application form, from the link on this page, and return it with your payment of £77.90 to the address on the form. Please ensure that your application form has been fully completed otherwise the issue of your licence may be delayed.

I live in sheltered housing - how often do you cut the grass?

​We aim to complete one cut every two to three weeks during the growing season which amounts to 13 cuts a year.