While a number of groups such as the RSPCA have urged people not to cut their hedge during peak bird breeding times, new EU rules specify the time that people can legally carry out hedge cutting.
It is now illegal to cut or trim your hedgerow between 1 March and 31 August, unless you have applied for a derogation from the Rural Payments Agency. The move was introduced to protect some species, but there are some factors that can allow you to trim your hedge during said period.
If your hedgerow overhangs a highway, road or footpath, or if it poses an obstacle to pedestrians or road users, then you are permitted to take action. You may also cut your hedge if parts of it are dead and run a risk to those on a footpath, or if it hampers the vision of road users. You can also trim the hedge if it has been planted in the first six months of the year.
With March looming, it’s important that you get your garden in order and carry out any work before the deadline for hedge trimming. If you are unsure if you can trim during the prohibited times, or if you require assistance, contact Leaf Matters today using 01732 451 351.