When is the best time of year to cut my hedge?
Hedges should be trimmed between September and February, with the best time being late winter as the autumnal berries and nuts are then retained for the birds.
Avoid trimming in frosty weather, as this will damage a newly cut hedge.
Hedgerows should never be cut during the nesting season, which is generally March to August, as all birds and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 from intentional damage.
Can I remove a hedgerow?
Hedgerows are protected under the Environment Act 1995 under the Hedgerow Regulations. This act prevents the removal of most countryside hedgerows without first submitting a Hedgerow Removal Notice to the local planning authority; however this does not cover garden hedges.
The Regulations stipulate criteria against which the local planning authority must determine if the hedgerow is of importance and whether it should be retained.
For more information see the Defra website or contact your local Council Tree Officer.