Grass cutting

Find the schedule for cutting grass on roadside verges in West Sussex.

1 Grass cutting schedule

Grass cutting schedule (PDF, 277KB)

You can also follow @WSHighways Twitter to find out where our grass cutting teams are working that day.

Please be aware that Crawley Borough Council arranges cuts in Crawley so it is not included on our schedule.

At current levels grass cutting costs less than £2.00 a person each year.

2 Frequency of cuts

Cut times vary each year to suit growing conditions. It takes about four to six weeks to cut all grass across the county.

Urban cuts

In towns and other built-up areas within towns and villages, we cut and maintain grass verges seven times during the growing season (March-November). This is more than the recommended safety level of five times, but represents good value for money in terms of safety and the environment.

Rural cuts

In the countryside, or where there are no pavements, we maintain the verges so that pedestrians don't have to walk in the road, if avoidable.

Verges in rural areas receive: 

  • one overall cut a year
  • two one-metre-wide cuts to stop grass and vegetation overhanging the road.

3 Preserving wildlife

Although we cut and maintain grass verges for safety and visibility reasons we also try to make sure we protect the environment as much as possible.

Where safety allows, we will preserve verges as havens for rare flowers and wildlife. These are known as 'notable road verges'.

Notable road verges remain uncut while the flowers are in bloom, but we will maintain them out of season.

4 What happens to cuttings

We do not collect grass cuttings as the cost would restrict the number of cuts we could carry out.

We try to blow cuttings back on to the verge. Some will fall into drains or gullies but they are unlikely to block as a result.

5 Recreational areas and highways

Recreational areas

Grass cutting in recreational areas such as parks and housing areas is carried out by district or borough councils or housing authorities.


Highway verges on the A27, M23 and A23 are looked after by Highways England.

6 Report overgrown grass

First check the grass cutting schedule to see if we are due in the area soon.

If not, and roadside grass is causing a visibility issue or danger for road users, let us know. You do not need an account to do this.

Report online via Love West Sussex (external link)
Last updated:
23 October 2018

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