Hedgerow Removal Notices

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What if I see work being done to a hedge which may be unauthorised?

Answer: Please report it to the Countryside Section. Although most hedges are not protected, all reports are investigated.

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Question: How can I get a hedge protected?

Answer: You cannot. Unlike trees, there is no general legal means to put protection on a hedge and most hedges are unprotected.

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Question: Do I need to notify the council before I remove a hedge?

Answer: Under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997, it is against the law to remove most countryside hedges without permission. The Regulations are quite complex, so it is advisable to discuss your plans at an early stage with the Council, before you seek permission formally. The criteria are more fully explained in the Hedgerows Regulations leaflet. You will need permission if the hedgerow runs either in whole or in part:

* Alongside agricultural land;
* Common land including town or village greens;
* Land used for forestry or breeding or keeping of horses, ponies or donkeys;
* A Local Nature Reserve or Site of Special Scientific Interest.

You generally do not require permission if the hedgerow is in or borders your garden.

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