Hedge maintenance

Hedges receive a thorough reshaping prune as part of their winter maintenance, completed between November and February. The summer prune focuses on cutting back vegetation restricting footpaths and sightlines and is completed between July and October with hand held hedge cutting equipment. Generally this enables the Council to avoid unnecessarily disturbing nesting birds.

Calendar of main grounds maintenance operations

Report hedge maintenance issues

The following photographs show the grading system used by the Council to assess and monitor hedge cutting operations, grade A (acceptable) to grade D (works required).

If a hedge requires attention, please report any concerns to the Council via the online form.

All reports received by the Council are inspected, however if works are programmed in for completion within the required timescale no action will be taken thus allowing the Council to keep to the works programme.

Grade A is the standard expected when a hedge has been cut during the winter prune. Grades B and C show the different stages of a hedge as it grows over a period of time. When a hedge reaches grade D, it is out of specification. Any reports the Council receives which are grade D will be visited within 10 days.

Grade A - acceptable

Grade B - acceptable

Hedge has been well maintained with litter/weeds removed and even cut to top and sides.

Minor concerns, growth is not causing an obstruction/hazard and programmed works to be carried out at next scheduled visit.

Grade C - works due

Grade D - works required

Hedge causing minor obstruction but not causing a hazard or restricting sight lines. If outside bird nesting season (March to June), work to be carried out on the next scheduled visit.

Hedge causing obstruction and restricting sightlines. Work will be prioritised to reduce hazard and carried out within 10 days.

If a hedge requires attention, please report any concerns to the Council via the online form.