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Maintaining Hedges

Most roadside hedges are the responsibility of the landowner. If we notice overhanging hedges during a routine inspection, or receive a complaint, we will ask the landowner to cut them back.

However, we do maintain some hedges on highway land and will cut them as necessary.

When Hedges will normally be cut

Type of Hedge / Time of Year / Annual Frequency

  • Privet / July & September / 2
  • Mixed Hedge / July / 1
  • Berberis / July / 1                                                   
  • Hawthorn / July / 1
  • Other Types / July / 1

Hedges will normally be cut at the times of the year indicated in the table above.

How you can help us


  • let us know about any junction where the view is blocked by long grass or overgrown hedges

  • don't park on grass verges

  • don't put decorative stones or logs on verges as these can be dangerous

  • maintain your own hedges safely and responsibly.

Report a problem

If you have a problem with the cutting of hedges or any other grounds maintenance issue, please use our online form.

High Hedges

Provided you have tried and exhausted all other avenues for resolving your hedge dispute, you are able to take your complaint about a neighbour's evergreen hedge to your local authority.

Further information on High Hedges.

Contact Details

  • Name Green Care
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, west Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345