Keeping our parks tidy

Report overgrown hedges or vegetation

Find out how to report overgrown hedges, shrubs, tree roots and weed control.

Overgrown vegetation on property and private land 

Property owners are responsible for ensuring that vegetation, including any tree, hedge or shrub is not extending beyond their boundary and encroaching onto public footpaths, public right-of-ways or obstructing the view of motorists.

If you feel any of the above has overgrown or obstructing a sightline, pavement, road or sign, you can report it to us.

Report overgrown vegetation

Overgrown hedges and shrubs on council property

Hedges and shrubs are pruned regularly but the timing and frequency depends on a number of factors including the location and the species.

  • Parks and green spaces: Hedges in parks are pruned once a year (regardless of species)
  • Roads: Hedges may be pruned more frequently where traffic sightlines need to be considered
  • Hedges: Hedges are cut once each year on a scheduled basis, usually during the period July to October

We aim to avoid, wherever possible, the cutting of hedges during the bird nesting season.

We take action if a hedge, tree or shrub overhangs onto a road or footpath which endangers or obstructs the passage of vehicles or pedestrians, or obstructs or inteferes with the view of drivers of vehicles or a light from a public streetlamp.

Report hedges/shrubs

Overgrown base of trees (basal) and shrubs

Sometimes small shoots that come out from the base and trunk of trees can cause obstruction to pedestrians and cause sightline problems for motorists.

  • General trees are pruned once a year (during the winter)
  • Lime trees are cut twice a year

If there is a safety-related problem, individual trees can be dealt with at other times.

If you feel any of the above has overgrown or is obstructing a sightline, pavement, road or sign, report it below.

Report basal growth

Weed control

Weeds are normally controlled by the application of chemicals by spraying, although in some situations they may be removed by other methods. The detail and frequency depends upon the location.

  • Road areas: footways and road channels are sprayed 3 times a year
  • Parks and housing estates: Shrub beds and rose beds are maintained, as required, through the spring and summer along with a winter maintenance visit during October and February.

Report weeds

Page last updated: 09 Mar 2020