The council cuts grass to ensure that people can use roads and pavements safely. Although environmental issues are of paramount concern, grass cutting is actually carried out for highway safety reasons rather than environmental purposes.
There are approximately 2.8 million square metres (690 acres) of grass within the borough and it is maintained by a number of teams, including mobile teams with pedestrian and small ride-on mowers as well as larger tractor-drawn mowers.
Grass cutting can be carried out all year round depending on area type and location. The majority of grass is cut between mid-March and early October. This covers all highway verges, open spaces, recreation grounds, housing courts and flats, sheltered housing, cemeteries, parks and closed churchyards.
Grass verges that run next to rural roads are maintained three or four times a year on behalf of Derbyshire County Council to correct any visibility problems for oncoming traffic.
During the autumn additional resources are provided to clear accumulations of fallen leaves on a programmed route. Additional requests for leaf clearance are prioritised with due regard to our commitment for all similarly affected areas around the borough.
To report problems with grass in any of the areas above, please use the customer service hotline on 01246 345 735.