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Grass verges and trees

Verges alongside the road are usually, but not always, part of the public highway. Maintenance of highway verges are conducted by a term contractor, via our Greenspaces team. The contractor has a rolling programme of maintenance, including grass cutting, hedge trimming and shrub maintenance that is designed to meet the needs of the network, across the whole year.

Other verges, for example, those on current or old social housing estates may be owned and maintained by the relevant social landlord, such as mhs homes.

Service margins

On newer housing estates, 'service margins' sometimes replace the footway with a grassed area that provides access to service ducts and cables.

There are two types of service margin:

  • where the margin is dedicated as public highway by the developer, the margin has the same status as a highway verge
  • where the adjoining landowner retains ownership of the margin, but there is a condition attached to the deeds of the property that allows statutory undertakers (public utility companies) to lay and maintain their services in the service margin

There is a tendency for householders to treat service margins as part of their gardens. However, they should be left as verges, with no fences, walls, built on them.

Trees

Trees placed on land that has highway status are maintained by our Greenspaces team.

They arrange for the trees to be inspected and any necessary work undertaken by an approved contractor. This includes a rolling programme of inspection and maintenance to ensure that all trees are maintained to an appropriate standard.