Public rights of way often run alongside hedgerows or through areas of natural growth. Only the vegetation growing up from the surface of the path is the responsibility of the Highway Authority to maintain. Side growth is sometimes cut in pursuing that maintenance but the responsibility for keeping side growth from causing a problem on the path lies with the landowner. ECC will inform the landowner of their responsibilities. If they do not cut back the vegetation then ECC will follow a legal process to ensure compliance which may take 8-12 weeks, or longer if the process runs into bird nesting season in order to comply with environmental regulations.
Side growth can also be weeds and tall plants that grow up and fall across the path.
Select the relevant option below, you will then be able to report your issue on our map, your report will be received by our inspection team for review and action where necessary.
Report a problem of growth from the sides of the path affecting your usage of it, e.g. branches or brambles.