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Grass and vegetation

Find out more about how we look after grass verges, shrubs, hanging baskets and flower displays around our borough to create an attractive environment.

Grass Cutting

Report overgrown grass and vegetation

If you would like to report overgrown grass or vegetation in our borough, please complete our Report overgrown vegetation online form, giving clear details about the location.

If the location is not specific enough for us to find, or the vegetation is on privately owned land, we will be unable to act on your report.

Grass cutting

We maintain and cut the grass on Guildford Borough Council owned land, including 2600 acres of parks, countryside and open spaces around Guildford.

We also cut the grass on behalf of Surrey County Council Highways so that people can use roads and pavements safely. This includes highway verges next to footways and roads, as well as central reservations and sightlines at junctions.

Urban areas

Urban areas are defined as those where grass verges occur in built-up areas, generally within a 30 or 40 mph speed limit.

Grass verges are close cut up to seven times during the growing season. The number of cuts may vary locally.

Cuttings are left evenly dispersed over the cut area. This helps to put nutrients back into the soil, prevents some weeds and preserves moisture.

Worplesdon Parish Council is responsible for cutting the grass in the parish of Worplesdon.

Rural areas

When we cut grass in rural areas, we aim to maintain the natural growth of wild flowers and native habitats for wildlife. Grass cutting is carried out at a reduced level to protect flora and fauna but also with consideration of the safety of pedestrians and motorists. Grass verges adjacent to roads are cut twice per year. The first cut is a one-metre swathe and includes sightlines - this is normally carried out during May and June. The second cut is a full verge cut and is normally carried out during September and October.

For borough housing grass cutting and garden maintenance enquiries, please contact your Area Housing Manager on 01483 444288.

Hedges and shrubs

We maintain shrubs and flower beds on Guildford Borough Council owned land, including parks and open spaces.

We are responsible for maintaining the shrubs and flower beds on roadsides and pavements on behalf of Surrey County Council. We also vertically cut highway hedges on behalf of Surrey County Council.

To ensure that overgrown vegetation does not endanger or obstruct the highway, maintenance to hedges and shrubs is carried out following an agreed programme of works.

Work will normally be carried out between September and February, avoiding bird nesting season to safeguard protected species.

To report a hedge overhanging the highway and causing an obstruction, please contact Surrey County Council.

Weed control

We carry out weed control on Guildford Borough Council owned land and Surrey County Council Highways.

All kerbs and gullies are treated to control weeds, including the back of the footway where necessary, such as when the path is immediately adjacent to a wall or building.

Most residential roads in Guilford Borough are treated twice a year, once in the spring, with a second application late summer. The sprays are timed to coincide with the weed growth for maximum control.

The active ingredient in the herbicide we use is Glyphosate. This has a very low toxicity to humans, animals and insects and is EU approved for use in areas open to the public.

To minimise the amount of chemical used, the spraying units use sensors to detect the presence of individual weeds and accurately apply the correct amount of herbicide.

The responsible use of herbicides can help deliver substantial benefits to our borough, including management of conservation areas, control of invasive species, reduction in flood risk, safer public spaces and highways.