Under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 (SI No. 1160) it is against the law to remove most countryside hedgerows without permission.
You will need permission to remove a hedgerow if all or part of it runs alongside:
- Agricultural land
- Common land including town or village greens
- Land used for forestry or the breeding and keeping of horses, ponies or donkeys
- A local nature reserve or Site of Special Scientific Interest
Please send us a Hedgerow removal notice. We will let you know if the hedgerow can be removed within six weeks.
You will not need permission to remove a hedgerow if it:
- Is shorter than 20 metres - unless both ends join up with other hedgerows or is part of a longer hedgerow
- Is inside or borders your garden
Please note: Gaps of 20 metres or less are counted as part of the hedgerow.
Nesting birds and other wildlife are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is strongly recommended that you make sure none of these are present before removing any vegetation.
If you remove the hedgerow without permission you may face an unlimited fine and may have to replace the hedgerow at your own cost.