Hedgerows and hedges
Hedgerows play an important role in the landscape, providing attractive boundary treatments, defining land boundaries and providing important habitat for wildlife.
My neighbours have evergreen hedgerow which I feel is too large.
Please have a look at our high hedges webpage to see if you can raise the issue with us.
Do I need permission to remove all or part of a hedge which is not a garden boundary?
The Hedgerows Regulations (1997) protect hedgerows, especially in the countryside. You could get a fine up to £5,000 if you break the rules for removing them. In serious cases you could get an unlimited fine for removing hedgerows in cases referred to the Crown Court.
For more information go to the government website Countryside hedgerows: protection and management.
More detailed information can also be found at Hedgerows, retention and replacement notices: the appeal procedures.
If you need to inform the council of a hedgerow removal notice, this can be submitted via the Planning Portal.
To commission an ecologist search at Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. To undertake a historic search, go to Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Record (CHER).
I want to report a hedgerow (not domestic) which has been removed.
You can report a removed hedgerow via our planning enforcement page.
Do I need permission to remove or trim a garden hedgerow?
Garden hedgerows vary in style from well maintained boundaries to outgrown rows of trees.
You will need to notify us if you are removing an unmaintained hedge in the conservation area if the stems are greater than 75 millimetres diameter at 1.5 meters above ground level (measured over the bark). Notifications can be submitted to us via the Planning Portal.
You do not need permission to remove or trim a well maintained residential garden hedgerow either in the conservation area or out of the conservation area.
Beware! If you are replacing your hedge for a fence or wall, you may need planning permission. Please seek the advice of a planning duty officer.
Occasionally an outgrown hedgerow may be subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Please go to our TPO page.
Can you put a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on a hedgerow?
Hedgerows are not eligible for a TPO. Trees within a hedgerow can be protected with a TPO if eligible. Please see our Tree Preservation Orders webpage.
How do I find a hedgelayer?
To find an accredited hedgelayer, please use the search function on the National Hedgelaying Society website.
Where do I find out more about hedgerows and their maintenance?
I want to report a wildlife crime
If you witness a wildlife crime taking place, call 999.
For a non-emergency, call 101. If you would like to give information regarding a crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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