Some weeds are extremely tenacious and can push up through tarmac or paving causing damage to the pavement.
We carry out targeted weed spraying in specific urban areas that are suffering from high levels of weeds. We also spray areas of weed growth that we think are causing a safety concern, such as a trip hazard. Where it is safe and possible, highway officers remove any weeds they come across that are causing an immediate safety issue.
Our weed spraying programme aims to eradicate harmful plants, such as ragwort, giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. Because ragwort is toxic to certain animals, known problem areas are sprayed twice a year as a controlling measure.
We are happy for members of the community to remove weed growth on pavements where it is safe to do so. Please do not try to kill or remove noxious weeds yourself as this can be a serious health risk.
Please let us know if you spot:
- significant areas of weeds in urban areas that are causing a hazard such as large cracks or very uneven areas of pavement
- noxious weeds.