We do the following work as part of our normal activities:
- cut grass verges in spring and summer
- cut hedges between October and February
- spray weeds 3 times: in late-spring, mid-summer and late summer to autumn
If a grass verge is longer than you think it should be, we might be about to cut it. There is a grass cutting programme and this may be one of the last verges to be done. We may also be holding off while there are flowers growing.
We may encounter some delays to our programme, which can be due to several factors, such as the weather, the number of teams we have available to cut the grass, a build-up of litter or longer grass which takes more time to cut.
Grass cutting schedule
The programme ended on 29 October 2021.
Our programme of leaf clearance focuses primarily on areas of the city with higher tree density to try to remove the bulk of leaves before they become a problem. It is dependent on the weather and the amount of leaves that need removing at each location.
We work to the government's code of practice for litter and refuse, which doesn’t require us to remove freshly fallen leaves. However, if leaves begin to mulch down and become a safety hazard in any areas across Sheffield, you can report them to us.
If you are at home and hear the street sweeper arrive on your street, it would be useful if you could move your car out of the way temporarily so that we can carry out an unobstructed clean.
Please do not sweep or blow leaves out of your garden into the highway as this can lead to blocked drains and increase the risk of flooding.
Leaf clearance schedule
Week commencing 3 January:
- Nether Edge
Week commencing 10 January:
Week commencing 17 January:
- Nether Edge
- Brincliffe Edge
Week commencing 24 January:
- Nether Edge
Week commencing 31 January:
Trees and hedges
Trees and hedges are the responsibility of the person who owns the land. Whilst most roadside trees are maintained by Streets Ahead hedges are not usually our responsibility, although some in rural areas they are.
The Highways Act 1980 (section 130) places a duty on us to remove obstructions on the highway. In some cases, if a tree or hedge is growing into the highway, we may write to you and ask that you cut it back. If the landowner fails to do this, then they can be taken to court or we can do the work and bill them. This only happens in rare circumstances when no other approach has been successful.
In some instances, we may need to remove overhanging trees or hedges at short notice without giving prior notice to the landowner. However, we expect that this would only occur where the vegetation poses a safety risk or prevents urgent work being carried out on the highway.
If a tree we own interferes with a phone line or electricity cable you need to contact the relevant utility company. If you have concerns about the safety of the tree, please contact us.
We are not required to remove trees or prune them if complaints are received about falling fruit or bird mess.
We aim to keep the following weed free:
- perimeters of buildings
- shrub and rose beds
- the base of hedges that belong to Sheffield Homes
- channels and edges of roads and footpaths
- obstacles in verges and along the bottom of railings
We provide floral decorations from our Norton Nursery.
It has a reputation for providing high quality flower displays on sponsorship sites or to enhance the look of shops, offices and buildings, including floral towers, baskets and plant troughs.
It also offers a full back up service of watering, feeding and dead plant replacement.
We design shrub and tree planting schemes to complement new buildings or enhance the look of existing sites.
Design schemes are individually tailored and include shrubs that flower at different times of the year, trees, evergreens and plants with varied foliage to provide seasonal interest, grassed areas and hard landscaping.
Please phone Norton Nursery on 0114 274 9654.