Hedge Cutting

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What can be done to ensure that non-council/Island Roads maintained hedges are kept correctly?

Answer: It is Island Roads' responsibility to maintain the safety of the highway network and to ensure that landowners responsible for any hedges bordering the highway maintain them to avoid problems. In many cases landowners are not aware of their responsibilities for maintaining hedges. When Island Roads becomes aware of a hedge requiring maintenance, an “Overhanging Hedge Notice” is served on the landowner or occupier under the Highways Act 1980. This gives the landowner 14 days to undertake the necessary maintenance work. In the event that the maintenance is not carried out and that no contact has been made with Island Roads, Island Roads may carry out the work itself and recharge the landowner.

Whether landowners cut the hedges themselves or use a contractor to carry out the work, all debris resulting from cutting the hedge must be removed from both the footway and the road and the work must be carried out in a safe manner which does not put themselves or other road users in danger.

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Question: How can I report a hedge which is overhanging the Highway?

Answer: To report a hedge overhanging the highway, please contact the Island Roads' helpdesk on 01983 822440 or report this via the link below. - Related Link

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