Dealing with leaf fall

Hounslow Highways maintain over 11,300 street trees on behalf of the London Borough of Hounslow.

In early autumn, leaves begin to fall from deciduous trees and it is Hounslow Highways’ responsibility to clear leaves and debris from trees that falls on the public areas Hounslow Highways maintains.


The leaf clearance programme has been compiled from past experience and data gathered from leaf-fall patterns associated with different tree species, including periods of leaf-drop and the volumes expected to fall. Hot summer weather, high winds, storms and frosts can sometimes accelerate leaf-fall causing our leaf clearance operation to commence earlier than expected. Similarly, mild, dry weather in early autumn may delay the start of the leaf clearance season.

Extra resources are deployed to help keep the streets clear of leaves and each ward in the borough will be visited between October and January in addition to the fortnightly cleanse where operatives will remove leaves as part of their day-to-day street cleansing activities.

The current schedule can be found as a PDF attachment at the bottom of this page. Please note that the schedule is planned by week and commenced on the 1st November 2021. Not all roads are listed in this schedule.  If your road is not included in the Leafing Schedule, it will be cleansed during the Ward Based Cleanse of your area on a fortnightly basis.  Please see Street Cleansing pages for the Ward Based Cleansing Schedule.

If reports of excessive leaf fall are received, and the road is not listed in the schedule, please log a report through the website and reactive teams will clear them.

What about the leaves in my garden?

Hounslow Highways is responsible for clearing leaves off the public roads and pavements on the network we maintain on behalf of the London Borough of Hounslow. It is the responsibility of the property owner to clear leaves off their own land and we will not use our scheduled teams to clear leaves from private property. Please do not sweep leaves onto the pavements after our teams have carried out leaf clearance as this will use up our resource scheduling in a return visit.

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