Grass cutting

How often and when will the grass be cut in my area?

For the 2018 season there is a difference in the number of urban grass cuts taking place across the county, to find out how many cuts your area receives please see here. Rural cuts are undertaken twice a year across the county.

The schedule for the first cut of those parishes receiving 6 cuts can be found here

The schedule for the first cut of those parishes receiving 4 cuts can be found here.

The schedule for the first cut of those parishes receiving 2 cuts can be found here.

 ***Please note these dates are subject to change and the service can be affected by poor weather conditions***

The full urban and rural grass cutting schedules are being finalised and will be published here in the coming weeks.

If you wish to know more about the grass cutting service in areas which are delivered by Parish/Town councils on behalf of East Sussex Highways , please contact the Parish/Town Council directly.

For further information on wildlife verges please see here.


Grass Cutting Changes for the 2018 Season

On 6 February 2018, Councillors approved the County Council’s budget for the 2018/2019 financial year which included a requirement to make a £400,000 saving in relation to the County’s grass cutting service. To make the required saving the Council needs to introduce some changes to the way the urban grass cutting service is delivered going forward. (Urban grass is classified as being verges which are on roads which have a speed limit of 40 mph or less unless otherwise agreed by the council). Subject to approval at a Lead Member meeting in May 2018, this means that highways will carry out two urban cuts each year during 2018.

Although grass cutting itself is not a statutory duty of the council, we do understand how important the grass cutting service is to local communities and consultation has therefore been carried out with all Parish, Town, District and Borough Councils in East Sussex to see how each local council wants to undertake the service. As part of this consultation East Sussex County Council detailed three service options which would enable the local authorities to have an input into the changes on behalf of their local communities. These options were for:

  • Parish Councils to self-deliver and manage the grass cutting service on behalf of East Sussex Highways, receiving funding equivalent to two urban cuts or;
  • Parish Councils to fund an additional four cuts, and therefore maintaining previous service of six cuts. The service would be continue to be delivered by Highways or;
  • Parish Councils to receive the standard two urban cuts by Highways.

Rural grass cutting will not be affected by these changes and we will continue to cut a one metre swathe twice a year along these verges.

The map outlines which option each Parish or Town council has for the 2018 season, as well as detailing those areas which do not have any urban grass and will receive a rural cut twice a year.


Which parishes organise their own grass cutting?

The following parishes organise their own grass cutting:

  • Eastbourne
  • East Dean & Friston
  • Hamsey
  • Herstmonceux
  • Horam
  • Newhaven
  • Newick
  • Ninfield
  • Northiam
  • Peacehaven
  • Polegate
  • Rye
  • Telscombe
  • Wadhurst
  • Westham
  • Willingdon and Jevington

Additionally, cutting in parks, gardens, schools and in council housing areas is the responsibility of the individual borough and parish councils.

Why do you not pick up the grass clippings?

Grass clippings are relatively short & mulch down quickly which also slows down regrowth. Raking up, loading, transporting & getting rid of grass cuttings would also increase the cost of the grass cutting substantially so this is not an option at the moment.

Why have the edges not been strimmed?

Strimming usually takes place within 24 hours of the grass being cut.

Why has an area not been cut?

There are several reasons why the grass may not have been cut:

  • If the area is a designated Wildlife site it will only be cut once the annual flowering has completed. These areas are usually cut in September.
  • If the area is cut by the District or Parish Council.
  • If the section of grass is on private land.