Grass cutting activities are split into two types, rural and urban.
Rural grass cutting
Rural grass cutting is done to ensure visibility for road users. Our program for 2019 includes:
- 1 x 1.2 metre swathe cut adjacent to the road
- 3 x junction/ visibility splay cuts where more visibility is required
Four rural cuts will take place during the season:
Cut 1: 1 April to 10 May
Cut 2: 13 May to 17 June
Cut 3: 24 June to 30 August
Cut 4: 23 September to 1 November
Urban grass cutting
Urban or amenity grass cutting is done 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:
Cut 1: 1 April to 23 May
Cut 2: 12 June to 12 July
Cut 3: 15 July to 30 August
Cut 4: 2 September to 18 October
Cut 1: 4 April to 8 May
Cut 2: 9 June to 16 July
Cut 3: 17 July to 23 September
Cut 4: 24 September to 31 October
Cut 1: 1 April to 7 May
Cut 2: 20 May to 25 June
Cut 3: 8 July to 14 August
Cut 4: 26 August to 1 October
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 and grass on central reservations.
Devolved tasks include:
- grass cutting
- siding out
- sign maintenance
- rights of way annual clearance
Strimming around obstacles (e.g. sign poles) will take place at the same time. However, there may often be a small delay of two or three days.