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Grass cutting FAQs

Everything you've ever wanted to know about our grass cutting regimes

What should I do if grass clippings are sprayed on my boat
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused. Every effort is made to minimise grass clippings being spread onto boats. The local mowing team is instructed to return and wash/blow off any debris. If you do not believe that this has been undertaken please contact us on 0303 040 4040 or fill in our online form.

How do you decide how often to mow the grass?
The grass mowing specifications for each length of canal are based on local knowledge of the area, its use and environmental considerations. We are happy to take your comments on board at our next annual review meeting if you contact us on 0303 040 4040.

When do you undertake a full-width cut?
During the grass growing season the towpath is mown to meet the requirements of all of our visitors and allow our engineers to inspect the stability of our infrastructure. However, annually a full width cut is undertaken to ensure that woody vegetation does not establish. During this operation the aquatic weed within the canal is left as a habitat fringe.   

How do you decide how often to mow the grass?
The mowing frequency across the canal network is balanced between our visitors’ requirements, environmental considerations and best value for money. Each waterway’s mowing regime is reviewed annually. 

If you carry out work that leaves my boundary wall vulnerable/exposed, will you make arrangements to secure my property?
Regarding any work which exposes a property boundary, it is not up to the Canal & River Trust to provide security for that property and we would suggest that the local authorities are contacted if anti-social behaviour has occurred.

How do you cut the grass at non-designated mooring points?
The mowing specification is decided through consultation with the local waterway office’s requirements and environment team. We try to provide safe mooring/alighting points at one kilometre intervals and around locks and bridges.  

How do you protect wildlife?
The mowing regime is decided through consultation with the local waterway office’s requirements and our environment team. However, if you believe that a more sensitive regime is required within a particular area, please contact our environment team on 0303 040 4040.

Last date edited: 25 October 2016