River Itchen Weedcutting Dates 2016

Test and Itchen Association logoFinal River Itchen Weed Cutting Dates 2016

Sector A: Above Durngate Sluice (Winchester)

Sector A Cutting Dates Sector A Clearing Off Dates
Monday 2nd May – Friday 6th May (midnight) Saturday 7th May
Sunday 5th June – Sunday 12th June (midnight) Monday 13th June – Tuesday 14th June
Monday 4th July – Sunday 10th July (midnight) Monday 11th July – Tuesday 12th July
Saturday 13th Aug – Saturday 20th Aug (midnight) Sunday 21st August – Monday 22nd August

Sector B: Below Durngate Sluice (Winchester)

Sector B Cutting Dates Sector B Clearing Off Dates
Tuesday 3rd May – Saturday 7th May (midnight) Sunday 8th May
Monday 6th June – Monday 13th June (midnight) Tuesday 14th June – Wednesday 15th June
Tuesday 5th July – Monday 11th July (midnight) Tuesday 12th July – Wednesday 13th July
Sunday 14th Aug – Sunday 21st August (midnight) Monday 22nd – Tuesday 23rd Aug

Winter Open Period

Weed may be cut any time after 2nd October 2015 until 15th April 2016. However owners are asked to ensure that cutting is completed before trout spawning begins and that cut bank side vegetation is not allowed to fall in the river.


Important Notes

  1. Cutting must start at the beginning of the dates

You must please inform your downstream neighbour when you have finished clearing off and of any subsequent problems. Regular communication with your neighbours upstream and downstream is essential to ensure trouble-free weed cutting and clearing down.

Weed cutting boats should finish one day before the end of each cutting period

  1. The Environment Agency has granted consent for the general cutting of weed on the river Itchen, and approved the dates.

In the event of low river flows (and high water temperatures) the Environment Agency may request that weed cuts are postponed or reduced in extent in order to maintain water levels and quality.

Cutting of weed outside of the authorised dates, without the Agency’s consent, constitutes an offence under Section 90 of the Water Resources Act 1991

  1. Grass cuttings and bank trimmings must NEVER be put into the river.

Depositing any form of solid waste in the river, including bankside vegetation, is strictly prohibited under Sections 85 and 90 of the Water Resources Act 1991

  1. Riparian owners are asked to carry out all dredging, bank maintenance and other works likely to cause displacement of silt, before Christmas, to avoid damage to spawning. The advice of the Agency should be sought before the commencement of any work and the necessary land drainage consents obtained.

By Order of the Board of the Association.

Clay Brendish
Test & Itchen Association


Contact Points in Case of Difficulties

Test & Itchen Association
Kimbridge Lane
Hampshire SO51 0LE
Tel: 01794 341874
Environment Manager Solent
Environment Agency
Romsey Depot
Canal Walk
Hampshire SO21 1WP
Tel. 03708 506506
Environment Agency
Emergency Hot Line
0800 80 70 60 (24hrs)
(Mobile phone users must prefix 0800 number with a *)

The Association’s Voluntary River Wardens may also be contacted during the cut and clear-down on the following mobile numbers. Please do not bother them at other times.


Col Ron Dadswell                  07940 405684

Lt Col Nigel de Foubert         07796 622208

Safeguarding our rivers since 1907                                                      Registered in England No 413521

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