Hedgerows

Hedgerow legislation was introduced to protect hedgerows in the countryside by controlling their removal, either in whole or part. The hedgerow is protected if its:

  • more than 20m in length
  • meets another hedgerow at each end
  • at least 30 years old

Protected hedges are those which are located on or next to:

  • agricultural or forestry land
  • land used for keeping horses, ponies or donkeys
  • common land
  • village green
  • site of special scientific interest
  • local nature reserve

The legislation does not apply to garden hedges, even if land on the other side of the hedge meets the above criteria.

For further information about hedgerows please visit the Gov.UK website.

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