Weed control

We are responsible for weed control on roads, footways and paved areas on all adopted roads in Cheshire East

Routine weed control

We have a routine programme of weed spraying covering all public roads, footways and paved areas. We will spray once this year and the programme is due to start in July 2021, subject to weather conditions. 

Our treatments normally only work on contact with established plants - they can't stop new weeds from growing. The treatments also are only effective in dry weather, so rain can cause delays to spraying plans.

Problem weeds

We have a legal duty to control certain harmful and invasive weeds on the highway. We welcome reports of these weeds, which are:

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed - we have a list of known Japanese knotweed sites and treat them every


Ragwort (which can kill cows and horses)

Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed


Broad Leaf


Curled Dock


Creeping Thistle


Spear Thistle

We treat these weeds as soon as possible once we know about them. This may be by a combination of repeated applications of weedkiller and removal by hand.

Where landowners or occupiers have these weeds on their property, they have a duty to control the weeds and stop them spreading. If they refuse, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) can take appropriate action and charge the costs to the land owner or occupier concerned.  

Report problem weeds

You can report problem weeds online.

Report problem weeds