Rother District Council is not a Highway Authority and is not responsible for the grass cutting on highway verges.

This service is provided by East Sussex County Council who can be contacted by:

Tel: 0845 6080 193 – Local Transport Office, Bexhill-on-Sea
Tel: 0345 60 80 190 – County Hall, Lewes
For further information see the East Sussex County Council website

Rother District Council does provide a comprehensive grounds maintenance service on land within its ownership. This land consists mainly of parks, open spaces, sports fields and general amenity sites. The maintenance carried out includes grass cutting. The height of cut varies depending on factors such as how the open space is used and the visual and environmental impact.

Maintenance of grass areas in the rural areas is generally the responsibility of the local Town or Parish Councils, details of which can be found Town/Parish Council websites.

Reduced mowing frequency

In recent years, we have reduced the frequency of mowing within certain areas of some of our sites to allow naturally occurring wildflowers and grasses to flower and go to seed. This provides habitat and feeding opportunities for various insects, including pollinators such as bees enabling us to contribute to increasing biodiversity locally. Sites where this can be seen include:

Bexhill Sites

  • All Saints Lane
  • Ashcombe Park
  • Barrack Hall Park
  • Barrack Road Cemetery
  • Broad Oak Park
  • Bexhill Down
  • Collington Wood
  • De La Warr Road
  • Egerton Park
  • Galley Hill
  • Glebe Close Open Space
  • Jubilee Road Open Space
  • Levetts Field
  • Seabourne Road Recreation Ground
  • St. Peter’s Churchyard
  • The Gorses
  • The Polegrove

Battle, Rye and Rural Sites

  • Darvel Down
  • Gibbets Marsh, Rye
  • Harrier Lane, Battle
  • Kingsmead, Battle
  • Masons Field, Rye
  • Marley Lane, Battle
  • Pottery Field, Rye
  • Rye Town Salts

We will review the success of the changes to the mowing regime on an annual basis.