Use this page to find out more about our grass maintenance policy, how often we mow certain areas and our cutting timetables.
Grass cutting frequency
We cut grass on land that we own, such as parks, verges and wildflower meadows.
The table below shows our usual mowing frequencies. Cutting schedules may be affected by weather conditions.
In some areas, we have reduced our mowing schedules to 1 or 2 cuts per year to protect wildlife habitats and biodiversity.
|Type of area||Typical mowing frequency|
|Parks, playing fields, green spaces and allotments||Every 2 weeks to 6 weeks from April to October|
|Parks, playing fields, green spaces and allotments (with reduced cutting frequency)||1 or 2 cuts per year between August and October|
|Golf courses||Every week from April to October|
|Roadside verges||Every 4 to 6 weeks from April to October|
|Roadside verges (with reduced cutting frequency)||1 or 2 cuts per year between August and October|
|Wildflower meadows||1 cut per year between August and October|
You can find out how often an area of grass is scheduled to be cut by viewing our grounds maintenance maps:
Report an obstruction
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Tackling the climate and ecological emergencies
Grasslands help to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies. However, 97% of lowland meadows have been lost since the 1930s.
Benefits to wildlife
Grasslands contain wildflowers including species such as dandelions that are often thought of as ‘weeds’. Long grass and wildflowers are good for wildlife as they provide food and shelter for insects, birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians and they also provide flowers for pollinators.
Benefits to the environment
Grasslands slow down and absorb the flow of rainwater which can reduce the risk of flooding and they help to cool down our urban areas during heat waves. Storms and heat waves are likely to become more frequent and severe due to climate change.
Cutting grass less often
Cutting the grass less often gives wildflowers the chance to flower and produce seeds. It also reduces air and noise pollution from grass cutting equipment and reduces the amount of fuel that is burned. In some areas, we have reduced our mowing frequency to 1 or 2 cuts per year.
Cutting grass at the right time
It is best to cut grass after the flowers have bloomed and produced seeds, which is usually from August onwards. A cut in early spring can also help wildflowers as long as they haven’t started to flower yet. We cut our long grass between August and October.
Reducing nutrients and avoiding chemicals
After cutting the grass, it is best to remove the grass clippings if possible, as these can cover up the wildflowers making it harder for them to grow. Grass clippings also add nutrients to the soil which are not good for wildflowers as the nutrients cause a small number of species to thrive and overgrow all the other species. Adding fertiliser should be avoided for the same reason.
We are only able to remove grass clippings at a small number of our sites that have been identified as good quality wildflower meadows.
Herbicides (also known as weedkiller) should be avoided, as this harms wildflowers and wildlife. We no longer use glyphosate, the most common herbicide, on council land except in restricted circumstances for this reason.
How you can get involved
If you maintain an area of grass, no matter how small, you can follow the guidance above to help support our wildlife and create greener, cleaner and more peaceful places to live.
For more information on actions you can take to help wildlife, please visit the Wildlife Trusts website.