© South Ribble Borough Council 2019


Grass verges

Grass and shrubs on highway verges are maintained by South Ribble Borough Council on behalf of Lancashire County Council.

The majority of verges are cut 10 times between April and October, depending on the weather and ground conditions.

Trees on verges within the adopted highway remain the responsibility of Lancashire County Council.

Please bear in mind that collecting grass clippings when cutting a small front garden lawn takes very little effort, but South Ribble Borough Council maintains an area of grass in excess of 2,000,000 square metres - the equivalent of more than 330 Wembley football pitches!

Therefore, as a biodegradable material, the clippings are left on the verges to break down naturally. If the amount of grass clippings on a footway is considered to be excessive and likely to cause the surface to become slippery in wet weather, these will be moved onto the verges using mechanical blowers.