For Immediate Release
15 April 2015
Grass cutting season has started in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire County Council, through its highways contractor Ringway, has commenced its grass cutting programme in Hertfordshire to help maintain grass verges, road verges and hedges in both rural and urban areas. Ringway will also carry out weed-spraying on roads and footpaths, where it is needed.
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Grass cutting traditionally takes place throughout the ‘growing’ season (March to October) and forms part of a wide schedule of highways programme work, which is split into ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ categories. Grass cutting varies in frequency between two and six times per season, or at a height specification of 150mm or 250mm (‘urban’ and ‘rural’ respectively).
The type of cut, frequency or height depends upon location and takes into account the safety of road and footway users, as well as how the area is used. ‘Heritage’ verges, which are a habitat for wildlife and plants, are cut once a year, and before a verge is trimmed spring bulbs are left to die naturally so they can flower again the following year.
Rob Smith, Deputy Director - Environment (Transport and Environment Management) at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Grass cutting and verge maintenance is one element of the wide-ranging highways works we undertake each year to sustain and improve Hertfordshire’s 3,000 miles of roads. Teams from our highways contractor Ringway will be out around the county over the coming months as the growing season gets going.”
It should be noted that grass cutting is highly weather dependant and can be subject to variations due to changes in weather conditions and the rate of grass growth.
Notes to Editor:
Ringway is responsible for grass cutting along the county’s high speed dual carriageways and some non-high speed highways; working to ensure that road users have adequate sightlines at junctions and roundabouts.
District and borough councils, on behalf of the county council, also undertake grass cutting on some non-high speed roads, maintain sponsored roundabouts and shrub beds adjacent to the highway, and directly maintain other green spaces including allotments, cemeteries and churchyards.
The Highways Agency is responsible for cutting the verges on the county’s motorways.
Rural roads are roads with a posted speed limit greater than 40mph, and urban roads are those posted with a speed limit less than or equal to 40mph