All countryside hedges (hedgerows) have some protection under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997. This requires landowners to consult with us before removing a hedgerow.
If the hedgerow meets certain criteria then it can be protected (see criteria of an important hedgerow). If hedgerows are removed without this consultation then a fine could be imposed and action will be taken to re-instate the hedge.
In addition, under new agricultural regulations, farmers are required to manage hedges to certain basic standards. This includes not cutting hedges between 1 March and 1 August each year.
Hedges next to residential houses are not covered either by the Hedgerow Regulations or agricultural cross compliance. Evergreen hedges near property windows may be covered to some extent by high hedges regulations.
Apply to move a hedgerow
Complete the application form to apply to remove a hedgerow. Your hedgerow will then be evaluated to see if it is 'important'. You will be told within 6 weeks if you can remove the hedgerow or if it must be retained.
Report issues with a public hedgerow
We can only carry out work to public hedgerows (not private hedges) where there is an identified health and safety issue.
We can't carry out all pruning requests. Unnecessary pruning damages hedgerows leaving them vulnerable to disease.
Report an issue with a public hedgerow which could pose a risk.