Only one main cut is carried out starting on the first Monday in July and lasting for approximately 6 to 8 weeks dependent on the growth.
Before and after the main cut, safety cuts are carried out at junctions, visibility splays, bad bends and other locations where the growth restricts/impedes visibility for the road user. The safety cut before the main cut starts in the middle of May again depending on the growth.
A policy has been in place since 2011 to reduce the amount of cutting undertaken and to start the main cut later in the season to allow for wildflowers on our highway verges.
In addition the following factors are considered: