Grass cutting, hedges, trees and weeds

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

Weed control

We treat the roads and pavements twice a year, in late spring and early September. We use an environmentally-friendly weed killer.

Areas where we treat weeds

St. Albans area

  • Bricket Wood
  • Chiswell Green
  • Harpenden
  • London Colney
  • Redbourn
  • Sandridge
  • St. Albans
  • Wheathamstead


Three Rivers area

  • Abbots Langley
  • Bedmond
  • Belsize
  • Carpenders Park
  • Chipperfield
  • Chorleywood
  • Croxley Green
  • Hunton Bridge
  • Kings Langley
  • Maple Cross
  • Mill End
  • Moor Park
  • Northwood
  • Oxhey Hall
  • Rickmansworth
  • Sarratt
  • South Oxhey
  • West Hyde

District and borough councils treat weeds in other areas of the county.

Grass cutting

We cut grass between March and October.

During this period, we cut grass 5 times on high speed roads.

There are some areas which are protected wild flower or wildlife habitats and are only cut once a year.

Grass cutting

Hedge cutting

If you want to remove a 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.

They can issue:

  • a hedgerow retention notice if the hedge must be kept

  • a written notice giving permission to remove the hedge.

However, if you don’t hear back from the Local Planning Authority within 42 days, you can remove the hedge.

You have up to 2 years to remove the hedge once you get written permission from the Local Planning Authority.

Visit Natural England for more information on appealing and regulations on hedge cutting.

Highway tree maintenance

We own and are responsible for around 150,000 trees on the public highway.

Read our Highway tree strategy and guidance document for information on the rules we follow. That includes when we decide to replant or prune.

Vegetation and 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 will give you notice to remove the obstruction.