Removal of hedgerows
Any owner of a hedge forming the boundary of agricultural land must make an application to us if they wish to remove it.
We will assess the importance of the hedge using criteria set out in the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. If the hedgerow is important in terms of its wildlife or historical value, then consent to remove it will not be granted.
View guidance and details on how to submit your hedgerow application from the planning portal website.
You should avoid trimming hedgerows between 1 March and 31 July which is the main nesting season for birds. Exemptions apply if the hedgerow overhangs a public highway or public footpath, or if it obstructs the view of drivers.
Visit the RSPB websites for guidelines on hedge trimming
Cupressocyparis leylandii - to give it its proper name, is a widely used hedging plant, well known for its evergreen habit and notoriously fast growth rate (up to 1.25m/4feet a year). When clipped regularly in the growing season it can make a fine, neat and dense hedge that offers privacy and sound suppression in a very short time, in comparison to most other hedging plants.
However, if left neglected for even a couple of years it becomes a punishing job for anyone looking after it. If left untended for as little as 5 years it could well be a job that only professional tree surgeons could tackle safely which, of course, may work out expensive (another reason some people choose to do nothing).
Being a hedging plant, it is most often planted along property boundaries. As a result, if the hedge is neglected, it is often the neighbouring properties that suffer the most yet can do nothing about it. In some extreme cases, people have been forced to suffer monster rows of leylandii of about 80 feet high.
Under Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 residents who are seriously affected by high hedges on neighbouring properties can complain to us and request an independent adjudication on the problem. Visit our Neighbourhood nuisances information for further guidance.