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Grass and verges

1. Grass cutting

We are committed to maintaining highway grass verges across Stockport. These are cut for amenity and road safety purposes and to maintain visibility at junctions for road users.

We aim to mow grass verges on a 15 working day cycle during the growing season (between April and October). However, there is no definite cycle or day that specific verges are cut.

The timescale is subject to change depending on weather conditions. This 15 working day cycle has been set so that the grass is kept to an acceptable length. It's also cost effective and maintained within the council’s limited resources.

As grass growth slows down at the end of the growing season we may move to a longer cycle. This will allow us to deploy the grounds maintenance teams elsewhere within their area of work. For example, to undertake other activity such as tidying up shrub beds.

Weather conditions have an impact on mowing operations. Wet and warm weather conditions encourages the grass to grow quickly. It also prevents the mowing teams from cutting the grass when the ground is saturated. If the cycle slips due to the wet weather, the timescales are slowed even further. This is because it takes longer to mow taller grass.

We cut the grass using ride on mowers or walking behind mowers. Sometimes, especially in wet weather, it is unavoidable not to get grass on paths. Where this happens the cuttings will be removed from the path with blowers.

We don't collect cuttings as this is very costly. Box mowing (collecting the cuttings) is usually only carried out on ornamental areas.