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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
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 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.