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Report overgrown vegetation

Overgrown vegetation in public spaces

Use this service to report overgrown vegetation. 

What you need to know

  • we have a cutting schedule to maintain vegetation in parks and on public land between September and March
  • you're legally allowed to cut vegetation back to your boundary line. We recommend only cutting vegetation such as hedges or brambles between September and March as this is outside the main breeding season for nesting birds 

Report overgrown vegetation 

What happens next 

  • if the vegetation is blocking visibility for road users, we aim to respond to the issue within 1 working day
  • if the vegetation is assessed as a priority, we aim to respond to the issue within 10 working days, if not it may fall under our normal cutting schedule

Overgrown vegetation on your land

You are legally required to trim any vegetation rooted on your land next to the public highway where the growth is preventing the passage, or affecting the safety, of the highway user. We recommend only cutting vegetation such as hedges or brambles between September and March as this is outside the main breeding season for nesting birds. 

You must remove or cut back your vegetation if it: 

  • blocks the view at a road junction
  • overhangs a road or footpath
  • obstructs a streetlight, traffic lights or street signs
  • is a danger to the highway

Report overgrown vegetation blocking the road, pavement, street signs or lights growing from private land

Private landowners are legally required to trim any vegetation next to the public highway where the growth is preventing the passage or affecting the safety of the highway user. 

What you need to know

If you're affected by a high hedge, see our high hedges guidance information.

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