Leaf clearing

Leaves on the street

During the autumn we have additional crews out, working to clear areas that have high levels of leaf fall.

We aim to keep the roads and pavements clear of slippery wet leaves. We have a leafing programme that covers roads with known high leaf fall as well as responding quickly to reports of other areas that require attention. Where we receive report of hazardous leaves we will visit to assess and arrange clearing as necessary. We do not cover clearance of leaves from private land.

You can help by

  • reporting areas that may require special leaf clearance so that we can arrange an inspection
  • not sweeping leaves onto the public highway from your property
  • collecting leaves from your property and either:

Leaf clearing request

Grass cutting

We are responsible for cutting the borough's roadside grass verges, as well as roundabouts and central reservations.

Grass is cut between March and October and it takes 10 to 12 days to complete a circuit of the borough, after which point the circuit starts again. Prolonged periods of wet weather will interrupt this schedule.

All grass areas in parks and open spaces are cut by our grounds maintenance contractors. This covers fine turf areas like bowling greens and long grass, meadow areas.

Grass areas on council housing land is maintained by our Housing Services team.


We use two methods of weed spraying on pavements and roads across the borough:

  • residual spraying - March each year. This prevents the growth of weeds in pavements by spraying weed killer onto the ground

  • contact spraying - April, July and October each year. This attacks live weeds on pavements and roads - once dead they're removed by our street cleaning contractor.

Last Modified: 14/12/2020 15:04:40