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Grass cutting

Highways grass cutting

The grass cutting starts in April. In some urban areas, grass cutting has been passed to the parish council. 

Grass cutting activities are split into two types: rural grass cutting and urban grass cutting.

Rural grass cutting

Rural grass cutting is done to ensure visibility for road users. Our program for 2019 includes one 1.2 metre swathe cut adjacent to the road, and 3x junction/ visibility splay cuts where more visibility is required.

Four rural cuts will take place during the season:

Cut 1: 1 April – 10 May

Cut 2: 13 May – 17 June

Cut 3: 24 June – 30 August

Cut 4: 23 September – 1 November

Urban grass cutting

Urban or amenity grass cutting is undertaken to provide an appropriate level of amenity within defined urban areas. Rotary blade/ flail mowers are used for this work. 

Cut grass is not collected, but will be cleared from footpaths using hand blowers where possible.

Four urban cuts will take place during the season:

Aylesbury area

Cut 1: 1 April – 23 May

Cut 2: 12 June – 12 July

Cut 3: 15 July – 30 August

Cut 4: 2 September – 18 October

Wycombe area

Cut 1: 4 April – 8 May

Cut 2: 9 June – 16 July

Cut 3: 17 July - 23 September

Cut 4: 24 September – 31 October

Amersham area

Cut 1: 1 April – 7 May

Cut 2: 20 May – 25 June

Cut 3: 8 July – 14 August

Cut 4: 26 August – 1 October

You can see details of when we will be carrying out urban grass cutting in your parish by viewing our 'Urban grass cutting timetable'.  All planned dates are subject to delays caused by weather.

Devolvement to parishes

Many of the parishes in Buckinghamshire have signed up to take over responsibility for urban grass cutting.  TfB will retain responsibility for rural grass cutting within all parishes. TfB will also retain responsibility for cutting grass on central reservations.

View a full list of the parishes that have signed up

Devolved tasks include:

  • grass cutting
  • siding out
  • hedging
  • sign maintenance
  • rights of way annual clearance

Additional information

Strimming around obstacles (e.g. sign poles) will take place at the same time as grass cutting activities. However, there may often be a small delay of two or three days.

To report any issues with grass cutting, please use our online reporting tool.

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