Do I need permission to remove my hedgerow, either in whole or in part?

Yes, if your hedgerow is on, or runs alongside:

  • agricultural land
  • common land, including town or village greens;
  • land used for forestry or the breeding or keeping of horses, ponies or donkeys; or
  •  a Local Nature Reserve or Site of Special Scientific Interest.

No, if it:

  • is shorter than 20 metres (unless both ends join up with other hedgerow or it is part of a longer hedgerow); or
  • is in, or borders, your garden.
  • Gaps of 20 metres or less are counted as part of the hedgerow. A gap may be a break in the vegetation or it may be filled, by for example, a gate

You also do not need permission to remove your hedgerow:

  • to get access - either in place of an existing opening, provided that you plant a new stretch of hedgerow to fill the original entrance, or when another means of entry is not available, except at disproportionate cost. You are advised however, to contact the authority prior to undertaking this work;
  • to gain temporary entry to help in an emergency; or
  • to implement a planning permission (but in the case of permitted development rights, most hedgerow removal WILL require prior permission).
  • Normal management of your hedgerow does not require prior permission

Last updated: 21/02/2019 10:00:42