Weed cutting

The Weed cuts on the River Test are co-ordinated by the Test and Itchen Association  and the Environment Agency. The River is divided into zones and each zone cuts at a designated time so as to reduce the impact on the Fishing from cut weed. The zones at the top of the River start and finish a day earlier than those further downstream. 

Cutting weed is a vital tool in managing River levels and holding fish, the shallow sections are cut by hand with Scythes while the deeper water can be cut by Boat or Chain Scythe.


The following are the River Test Weed cutting dates that apply to Leckford for 2022. The dates include Clearing Off days.

June 12th - 23rd

July 17th - 25th

August 21st - 29th