Highway verges are cut to help improve road visibility and prevent vegetation protruding onto roads & paths that could be dangerous to road users, cyclists and pedestrians. Also, by keeping verges under control it helps prevent fly tipping, litter dropping or other potential hazards being hidden.
Fleet of machinery
Our specialist vegetation management fleet is used extensively in highway verge maintenance. We own and maintain the vehicles in house so are confident our machinery will be reliable and regularly serviced. Our operatives are fully trained to operate the machinery and will be supplied with the necessary PPE.
National Highway Sector Scheme (NHSS)
CGM Group are proud to be an accredited member of the National Highway Sector Schemes. This is a quality management system for organisations working on the UK road network.
Full Traffic Management
When required we can supply full traffic management to facilitate works on, or adjacent to the highway and liaise with the necessary local authority to ensure road space is booked in advance,
How often do we cut highway verge?
This depends on your Local Authority, but most authorities require their verges to be cut between one to three times a year. At some junctions or bad bends, the council may request for the verge to be cut more often to help visibility. Usually we do cut the grass so the height is no more than 40mm.
Usually we leave the clippings on the verge so the nutrients go back into the soil. All grass cuttings will be cleared from pavements and road areas.
Working with councils
We work in partnership with the Authorities to work around their calendar, so avoiding cutting at the same time at waste & recycling bin collection time. We want to minimise the impact of causing traffic delays so are flexible to work early mornings and evening to reduce congestion.
We discuss with the Authority if they want wildflower areas to be left until the flowers have died. If areas are identified where flowering bulbs have been planted, we will not cut the verge until after flowering has finished.
Roadside Nature Reserves
Some verges have been identified as a roadside nature reserve as they may contain rare plant species. They are identified by a marker post at the site and the locations can be found on the relevant Authority website. Generally, we do not cut roadside nature reserves, or cut them in late summer after the plants have flowered and set seed.
Generally, we will not cut invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed if they are spotted at the roadside but report the species to the Authority.