We clear leaves from our green spaces, highway verges and adjacent footpaths to help care for the grass. All other open spaces and footpaths will be cleared as part of the usual cleansing activities.


Autumn leaf fall

Leaf clearance from our green spaces, highway verges and adjacent footpaths normally commences during November when most of the leaves have dropped, and we will continue through the borough up until March. As we work to a schedule, we are unable to respond to individual leaf clearance requests. We prioritise areas where there is most leaf fall.

Footpaths or roads that you perceive to be dangerous because of wet leaves causing slippery conditions should be reported to Hertfordshire County Council's Highway Department. However, if they do not consider it to be dangerous, the clearance would be undertaken as part of our usual scheduled operations.


Summer leaf fall

In the event of a dry summer which results in leaf fall, the council will not clear the leaves.

Instead these will be collected during routine sweeping or will be cut up when the grass is cut.


Leaf fall on private property

Landowners are responsible for dealing with leaf fall on their private property. Please ensure you dispose of any leaves arising from your property responsibly.

Your options include home composting, collection via the council in a brown bin (subscription costs apply), or taking them to one of Hertfordshire County Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Please note that any leaves discarded on verges or other public areas constitutes fly-tipping.