Wirral council maintains roadside grass verges, hedges, shrubs, flower beds and weeds on council-owned land.

We don’t 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.

How often Wirral Council maintains roadside verges

Area Frequency
Rural Areas (except road junctions and pedestrian paths) Once a year (mid-July to mid-August, subject to weather and flowering conditions)

Flowering plants will provide food and habitat for bees, other pollinating insects and other wildlife.

Rural Areas (road junctions and established pedestrian paths) 4 times a year (between March and October)
Semi Rural Areas 4 times a year (between March and October)
Urban Areas - majority Every 3 weeks (mid-March to October, except during May to June  – every 4 weeks  due to workload from extra growth).

A small number of urban verge areas are cut four times a year.

Hedges Once a year between July and October
Shrub Pruning Carried out during Winter months from November to mid-February (half of shrub beds pruned every other year).
Weed Spraying We apply herbicide to weeds on 3 occasions (May-June, July-August and September-October). This task is very much weather dependant. Every effort will be made to catch up on days lost to bad weather. It takes 7 to 10 days for weeds to start dying off after application of herbicide.
Site-specific landscaping rejuvenation and path edgings Work carried out between October and February

Japanese knotweed

View Wirral Council's policy on the treatment of Japanese knotweed

Trees along the road

View more information about trees along the road