Wirral Council maintains roadside grass verges, hedges, shrubs, flower beds and weeds on council-owned land. Read more about Wirral's pollinator and wildflower verges.
We do not look after private land as this is the responsibility of the landowner. You should contact the landowner directly with any problems, including private land next to roads or pavements.
The grass cutting season takes place between March and October. The number of cuts vary according to the location, season and weather. All general grass areas in parks and public open spaces are cut 8 times a year.
How often areas are cut:
- Sports pitches: Normal monthly maintenance from March to October
- General grass areas in parks: Two cuts in April. No Mow May. Two cuts in June. One monthly cut from July to October
- Bowling greens: Spring maintenance in March. Normal monthly maintenance from April to September. Winter maintenance in October
- Formal areas (such as Hamilton Square): One cut in March. Fortnightly maintenance from April to October, except one cut at the end of May.
- Public Open Spaces: Two cuts in April. No Mow May. Two cuts in June. One monthly cut from July to October
No grass cutting takes place between November and February.
Some areas will also be allowed to re-wild to provide opportunities to encourage wildflowers to grow and to protect and encourage insects, such as bees, butterflies and moths. For most rewilding areas grass cutting will only take place once per year, in the autumn.
In large areas, pathways will be cut through the grass areas to provide walking routes, and borders will be cut surrounding existing pathways.
Any roadside grass verges, that if left to grow would impact visibility and cause safety concerns, will be maintained by cutting a corridor edge along sightlines.
Annual site inspections will continue to be carried out at the above sites to ensure they are safe and comply with statutory duties.
For rewilding areas, residents and community groups can approach the council to request a long term lease of the land for a suitable community activity. Potentially the land could be used for tree planting schemes, community allotments plot, wildflower meadows or simply maintained for the local community to enjoy.
Community groups who wish to express an interest in an area are asked to contact the Parks and Countryside Service via email at email@example.com
The rewilding and pollinator areas provide opportunities to identify areas for wildflower and tree planting, with the council working towards planting a further 200,000 trees by 2030 as part of the Wirral Tree Strategy.
You may have already noticed a lot more wildflowers across Wirral over the last year. Where it is suitable for wildflowers to grow naturally these areas will also be encouraged. Wildflowers provide valuable food and shelter for valuable pollinators which are in decline, as well as an attractive visual space and can help with air pollution.
Wirral Council declared a climate emergency in 2019. As part of this commitment, the council has, and will continue to, take steps to prioritise pollinators by protecting and supporting them and their habitats.
No Mow May
Throughout the month of May, the council takes part in the Plantlife's national campaign - No Mow May, which is about stopping mowing in general grass areas. This means that grass areas will be left uncut from the end of April to June.
Supporting this campaign helps to support insects such bees, butterflies and other wildlife.
Multiple signs are displayed where possible at each site which will explain to Wirral residents and users of the parks, the benefits of leaving areas to grow during this period.
Sport pitches, bowling greens, churchyards, cemeteries, play areas, outdoor gyms, grass verges (where sight lines are needed for road safety), and formal areas (for example, Hamilton Square) are not affected and are maintained as normal.
My road is no longer being cut, can I cut myself or do I need permission first?
You will need permission from Wirral Council if you would like to cut the verges on your road. This is to make sure that you are safe whilst doing so. To get permission please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a safety concern if areas are left uncut?
There is long grass across many of the open spaces and long grass in itself does not pose any particular risks to anybody who wants to walk through it. However, Wirral Council will carry out site inspections as part of its statutory duties and any health and safety issues that arise will be actioned.
The uncut area is causing anti-social behaviour - how do I report it?
Report a problem
Rewilding areas and roads verges
|West Wirral amenity greenspaces|
|Grange Farm Crescent greenspace|
|Greenbank Road greenspace|
|Madeley Drive greenspace|
Birkenhead Area Amenity Green spaces
|Ballantyne Drive greenspace|
|Bentham Close greenspace|
|Delta Road East|
|Fender Valley footpath|
|Hargrave Avenue greenspace|
|Hoylake Road greenspace|
|Lennox Lane greenspace|
|Lower Flaybrick Road|
|Rivington Avenue greenspace|
|The Little Arno|
Wallasey amenity greenspaces
|Atherton Street/Portland Street greenspace|
|Berwick Close greenspace|
|Derby Pool greenspace|
|Moreton Linear Park|
|Sandon Promenade greenspace|
|St Hilary Gardens|
|The Red Noses|
|Heygarth Road greenspace|
|Poulton Recreation Ground|
|Greenacres Estate (Thorns Drive)|
|Frankby Road (opposite The Cat)|
|Frankby Road (Hambledon Drive - Pump Lane)|
|Grange Farm Crescent|
|Girtell Road/Cowley Close|
|Headington Road/Littlemore Close|
|Kingfisher Estate (excluding Sandpiper Close)|
|Pasture Road Bank|
|St Nicholas Road|
|Church Street/Liscard Road|
|Scots Field Roverside Walkway|
|Clatterbridge Road (Old)|
|Oval Sports Centre entrance|
|Plymyard Avenue/Dearnford Avenue|
|Broadheath Avenue/Devisdale Grove|
|Cross Hey Avenue|
|Tabley Close rear footpath area|
|Holm Farm to Tarporley Close footpath|
|Church Road Gardens|
|Meols Parade by Pumping Station|
|Meols Parade/Dovepoint Road corner|
|Birkenhead Road (Goose Green)|
|Telegraph Road (Thurstaston Road corner)|
|New Chester Road (Thornburn Close)|