Check if permission required to remove a hedgerow

Under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 you need to notify us if you wish to remove (uproot or destroy) a hedgerow that:

  • Grows in, or adjacent to any common land, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest, or land used for agriculture, forestry, or for the breeding or keeping of horses, ponies or donkeys and
  • Has a continuous length of at least 20 metres, or if less than 20 metres, meets another hedgerow at each end

Coppicing, layering and the removal of dead or diseased shrubs or trees are treated as normal management.

The regulations do not apply to any hedgerow within the curtilage of, or marking a boundary of the curtilage of a house.