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Hertfordshire County Council

We treat weeds and carry out grass cutting and tree maintenance throughout the year.

Grass cutting

We cut grass between March and October.

Grass cutting near you


During grass cutting season, we aim to cut the verges in towns and villages, as well as high speed roads.

We try to cut the grass up to 5 times on high speed roads, though there are some areas which are protected wild flower or wildlife habitats – they're only cut once a year.

More about grass cutting in Hertfordshire (PDF 770KB)


Tree maintenance

In most cases, hedges and trees growing next to public roads and footpaths are the responsibility of the adjacent landowner.

You're entitled to cut branches overhanging your property, but you can't reclaim any costs of doing that.

When you report a tree that's causing a danger or an obstruction, we'll carry out an inspection. If we find a problem, we'll either:

  • contact the landowner, asking them to arrange for their hedges/trees to be pruned
  • if trees or hedges are ours, we'll arrange the necessary work.

Our strategy

Our Tree strategy and guidance (PDF 130KB) explains the rules we follow, including when we decide to replant or prune.

We'll only remove a tree if it's dead, diseased or causing damage to your property. Report a tree problem.


Weed control

District and borough councils treat the roads and pavements approximately twice a year in late spring and early September on our behalf, depending on the weather.

They use an environmentally-friendly weed killer.


Hedge cutting

Cutting your own hedge

If you want to remove your hedgerow, you'll need to apply in writing to your Local Planning Authority (your district or borough council) who then have 42 days to respond to you.

Hedges on private land

Private land owners are responsible for removing vegetation that overhangs from their land.

If you're a private land owner, we may contact you if an issue has been raised and we'll give you notice to remove the obstruction.

Our hedges

We'll cut back hedges that we own if they're causing an obstruction on a pavement.