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.

For issues with council-owned trees or trees/vegetation growing from private land onto a highway, road or footpath, please see our Trees and vegetation page for information and to find out how to report this 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.


How do I find out when a particular grass verge will be cut?

You can check which grass verges are cut and when a cut is next due by visiting Continental Landscapes Ltd website. Continental Landscapes Ltd are our contractor for grass cutting in Leeds. The website provides access to a map which shows individual plots included on the schedule and a search function to find out when the last visit took place and when the next visit is due. Please note that this can vary by up to two days from the date shown.

Please note that Continental Landscapes Ltd are unable to answer enquiries from residents. Should you need assistance please contact us by emailing parks@leeds.gov.uk or calling 0113 395 7400.


Quick guide to grounds maintenance

For a simple guide to grass cutting and weed spraying on pavements, please read our Ground maintenance guide (PDF 923KB).


How do I report a problem?

To report a problem you can email us on parks@leeds.gov.uk. Please advise us of the exact location of the problem, including the street and any landmarks to help us locate the issue.​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

Can I cut the grass verge outside my home?Can I cut the grass verge outside my home?<div class="ExternalClass821E99DEF7FA40A6B25FF7C6D7C698B1">​You can apply to cut the grass or dig the verge outside your home and in order to do this you will need to complete and return an <strong><a href="/docs/Application%20for%20Cultivation.pdf">application form (PDF 22KB)</a></strong>.<p></p> ​​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
How do I report materials placed on the grass verge causing obstruction and damage?https://my.leeds.gov.uk/Pages/Form%20Pages/ReportObstructionBlockedAccessOnRoadOrPavement.aspx, Report materials placed on the grass vergeHow do I report materials placed on the grass verge causing obstruction and damage?<div class="ExternalClassB3552165E3C349D98318A3E9A17C6FAB">It is illegal to place building materials, even on a temporary basis, without permission on a verge. Use the link below to 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.<br><br>Permission may be granted by applying for a licence. To apply for a licence, please download and complete the <strong><a href="/docs/Application%20for%20Cultivation.pdf">building materials licence application form (PDF 22KB)</a></strong> and return it with your payment 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.​​​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
I would like to park my car in my front garden but need to cross a verge and/or pavement to do so. What can I do?https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Roads-and-pavements.aspx, Roads and pavements pagehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/HSG-Your-home-and-garden.aspx, Housing Leeds pageI would like to park my car in my front garden but need to cross a verge and/or pavement to do so. What can I do?<div class="ExternalClassC2E8422FF4194F50829A196F7288DC59"><p>It is illegal to drive over grass verges or pavements unless a vehicle crossing, approved by Leeds City Council is in place. You can find out more on our Roads and Pavements page.</p> <p>You may also need permission from your landlord, or the council to create a driveway in your front garden. Please contact you landlord or visit out Housing Leeds pages for more information.</p></div>
I live in sheltered housing - how often do you cut the grass?I live in sheltered housing - how often do you cut the grass?<div class="ExternalClassA42E5B1373674997B50E7172B4B49B9C">We aim to complete one cut every week during the growing season which amounts to 28 cuts a year.<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
I am not able to do my gardening anymore, can the council do it?I am not able to do my gardening anymore, can the council do it?<div class="ExternalClassD4540FDD70B34F308AE583CF594A6196"><p>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 visit <strong><a href="http://www.leedsdirectory.org/">www.leedsdirectory.org</a></strong> or call Leeds Directory on <strong>0113 391 8333</strong> to find a reliable grass cutting service in their area.​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
There are lots of weeds on the pavement - can you send a weed sprayer?There are lots of weeds on the pavement - can you send a weed sprayer?<div class="ExternalClass39511073BB054CC08934D2E90CB62DA1"><p>​Weed spraying is managed by Parks and Countryside. Please contact them at <strong><a href="mailto:parks@leeds.gov.uk">parks@leeds.gov.uk</a></strong> to request a weed sprayer.</p> ​​</div>
Why have some areas not been cut with the rest of the area (I.e. grass banks/large open spaces)?Why have some areas not been cut with the rest of the area (I.e. grass banks/large open spaces)?<div class="ExternalClass3AF30A517A984A92B27AC74444FBD370">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>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.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
Why is the grass being cut during adverse weather conditions?Why is the grass being cut during adverse weather conditions?<div class="ExternalClass11A955A068A74BBC971B08B49BFECF66">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>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.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>

 

 

Microsoft Word - Application for Cultivation.dochttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Application for Cultivation.pdf21974pdf
Ground Maintenance guidehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Ground Maintenance guide.pdf950121pdf
Grass mowing and weed control 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Grass mowing and weed control 2016.pdf92899pdf

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