Here at West Country Tree Services Ltd, we provide outstanding hedge management services across Melksham, Bath, Chippenham, Devizes, Trowbridge, Swindon, Warminster and the surrounding areas. We have built a great reputation across the South West for high standards of hedge maintenance, including trimming, shaping, planting, and removal. We’ve put together some frequently asked questions regarding regarding hedges, hedgerows, and maintenance to help you understand hedges a little more.
It’s very important to keep your hedges in their best health condition. If you have no prior experience in hedge maintenance, cutting or trimming you may end up doing more harm than good when it comes to the health of your hedge. You may trim too excessively and interrupt the lifecycle of the branches, stunting their growth and health over time. It is very easy for the untrained eye to over prune hedges, and before they know it they can end up with misshapen parts and bald patches. At West Country Tree Services, we also offer hedge planting, hedge removal and stump grinding services.
At West Country Tree Services, our team have years of experience to professionally maintain domestic and commercial hedges, using the best quality equipment and skills. Get in touch with us today to discuss your unruly hedges across Bath, Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham, Swindon, Warminster, and the surrounding areas. Call us on 01225 345137 or 07759 205453 or visit our contact us page.
Hedge Cutting FAQs
Is it illegal to cut hedges in summer?
It may seem a silly question to ask if it’s illegal to cut hedges during the summer. However, there is a lot more to consider when wanting to trim your hedges. The RSPB advises avoiding hedge cutting during the main breeding season for local nesting birds, which happen to fall between March to August.
Under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is an offence to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is being used or in the process of being built. If you go ahead and knowingly cut or trim your hedges, knowing there is active bird nesting in the hedge, you will be committing an offence.
When can you start hedge cutting?
Although there aren’t any specific dates set in law, it has been established that wild birds nesting season is between 1 March and 1 September. To make sure there is no risk of damaging wild bird environments, it’s best not to cut or trim hedges around this time to avoid potential damage.
There are exceptions to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 however, such as necessary hedge cutting services for the sake of safety. This includes:
- Hedgerow overhanging a highway, road or footpath over which there is a public or private right of way, and the hedgerow is an obstruction.
- The hedgerow is dead, diseased or insecurely rooted, likely to cause danger
- To carry out hedge-laying or coppicing during the period of 1 March to 30 April
- To trim a newly laid hedgerow by hand, within 6 months of it being laid
If you have are queries regarding your hedges and how they fall within the law, give us a call on 01225 345137 or 07759 205453 and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team.
Can a neighbour cut my hedge without my permission?
It can be a great nuisance when your neighbour’s hedges start to encroach and overgrow on your property boundary. It is tempting to simply cutaway on the hedge that is technically on their property. However, be careful how where you cut because you are not allowed to prune branches and roots etc. on your neighbour’s property. If a neighbour has trimmed your hedge without your permission, you can take them to court for property damage. The best course of action is to first start a polite discussion with your neighbour to discuss the issue. The next stage would be to take it up with your local council.
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