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Countryside hedgerows

The Hedgerows Regulations 1997 require a person to give the Council six weeks notice of their intention to remove any hedge on or bordering agricultural land, forestry, commons, greens or nature reserves, stating their reasons. Hedges defining the boundaries of domestic dwellings are not included.

If a hedge is judged to be 'important' by the necessary historical, landscape or biological criteria, the Council may serve a Hedgerow Retention Notice, thereby protecting the hedge from removal.

To apply to remove a hedge please use the form and checklist below:

Last modified on 08 January 2021

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