Grass verges and cutting
The county council maintains most grass verges alongside adopted roads and footpaths.
We don’t cut grass on privately-owned land or on developments which have not yet been adopted.
- Safety cutting is done twice a year in rural areas, during the summer months, to a width of 1m either side of the road and footpath. At junctions and some bends, verges are cut to the highway boundary to improve visibility.
- We do not carry out amenity cutting in built-up areas, approaches to major junctions and central islands of roundabouts. Some cuts may be carried out by district and parish councils.
You can report overgrown grass and hedges but we will only fix issues where there is a risk to public safety.
We work closely with landowners, farmers, developers and quarry operators to ensure they address safety concerns which are their responsibility. The county council has powers under the Highways Act to force them to trim hedges and trees, if required.
We also work with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to protect roadside verges of special scientific interest. A one-off cut is carried out at these locations in October when the plants have seeded and died back.