Unprecedented year for growth as council works hard to cut grass and vegetation

The recent warm and wet weather has created ideal conditions for an increase in growth of vegetation across the Braintree District.

Covering 612 square kilometres, Braintree District is the second largest district in Essex covering three main towns as well as a number of villages. 

Braintree District Council is responsible for maintaining the parks and recreational open spaces on land which it owns and it also undertakes verge cutting in the district on behalf of Essex County Council. This excludes the A120 and A12 which is the responsibility of Highways England.

Cllr Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment at Braintree District Council, said: “Since the beginning of May we have experienced ongoing wet and then warm weather conditions that have created ideal conditions for lush growth of vegetation. This has impacted on our timescales but our teams are working hard to catch-up on work which has been delayed. We know how much our residents and communities value our parks and green open spaces and we will continue to work hard to keep them safe and accessible for all.”

Trees, hedges and shrubs on private land are the responsibility of the land owner, however, if this encroaches on the public highway the public can report to Essex Highways online.


Published: 19th August 2021