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Local Grass Cutting

As the Highway Authority, we are required to cut the rural and urban highway verges to maintain a safe environment for all users. Open space grass cutting and maintenance of our parks is primarily carried out to maintain a pleasant and attractive local environment.

Currently, our contractor carries out two rural grass verge cuts a year, and eight cuts on urban verges and open spaces.

What can my town or parish council do?

If you have B roads (30mph and under) running through your parish, roadside verges and grass open spaces can be maintained to a higher standard by carrying out additional cuts.

If you want to start cutting grass in your parish, please contact the Grounds Maintenance Team at

There is also the option for town and parish councils to pay West Berkshire Council to carry out more cuts on verges in their ward. Please contact us at to discuss this further.

What do I need?

We've listed several method statements which should provide advice and guidance on performing these works safely.

PP grass cutting
Online versionPDF download
Grass CuttingIcon for pdf Grass Cutting [25KB]
Ride-on-MowerIcon for pdf Ride-on-Mower [42KB]
Works on VergesIcon for pdf Works on Verges [220KB]


You'll need to have the appropriate insurance in order to carry out these works. Please read our Icon for pdf Insurance Guidance [117KB]  for more information.


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