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Grass cutting

​When do we cut grass?

We aim to cut grass 14 times a year, every 2 to 3 weeks between March and October.

We keep to this schedule when we can but we can't cut grass if it's wet or windy.

How do we cut grass?

Our team use large mowers to cut an open area of grass. It can take more than one day to complete. If needed, we return later to use smaller machinery to cut around trees and other obstacles.

We clear and collect grass cuttings that fall on public footpaths but we don’t collect grass from open areas.

Report a problem with grass cutting

If you've noticed a problem with an area where we cut grass, you can report this to us.

Make a complaint, compliment or comment on grass cutting in the borough

Where do we cut grass?

We cut the grass on all council-owned land, including: 

  • Roads and verges
  • Parks and public open space
  • Town centres
  • Memorial gardens
  • Cemeteries
  • Sports pitches

Where don't we cut grass?

We don’t cut grass: 

  • On land that is privately owned.
  • Where flowers have been planted. We don’t cut these areas until the flowers have been growing for 6 weeks.
  • Where we're keeping the grass long to attract bees and increase the number of areas where bees can live in the borough. Bees naturally feed on the flowers made by long grasses and wildflowers. As bees are in danger of becoming extinct, we want to leave the landscape as friendly as possible for bees, butterflies and other pollinators where we can.  
  • On properties owned by RBH (Rochdale Boroughwide Housing). You should contact RBH if you live in one of their houses and have a question about cutting your grass. Contact RBH
  • On properties owned by any other housing association or landlord. You should also speak to them directly if you've a question about cutting your grass. View contact details for housing associations in the borough

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Environmental Management
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