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.
Bath Tree Services
Tree Surgeons Bath (BA1 + BA2)
We’re proud to be tree surgeons in Bath, the magnificent north east Somerset heritage city, curating and caring for the arboreal environment as well as providing stump grinding and hedge work across the BA1 and BA2 Bath postcodes.
The historic importance and architectural beauty of Bath means that it is one of the biggest Conservation Areas in the UK, covering almost three quarters of the city.
It’s not only the listed buildings of Bath that are situated in the city’s Conservation Areas – there are a great number of trees as well. This means that as local Bath tree surgeons, we at West Country Tree Services have to be knowledgeable and well-versed in the laws pertaining to trees in conservation areas and those subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
We are highly experienced in consulting with property owners and authorities in Bath and the surrounding suburbs and ensuring that the city’s trees are treated with as much care and consideration as the rest of its heritage landscape.
As Bath arborists we care for trees throughout the city and in the suburban areas of Bathwick, Bear Flat, Claverton Down, Combe Down, Kingsmead, Lansdown, Larkhall, Locksbrook and Lyncombe. We’re also provide our services in Newbridge, Odd Down, Twerton, Walcot, Westmoreland, Weston and Widcombe.
We can guide you through the process of obtaining permission from the Bath and North East Somerset Council for undertaking works or felling on a tree in a conservation area or under a TPO.
In general terms all trees in a Conservation Area with a trunk diameter of 75mm or more – measured at 1.5 metres above natural ground level – are protected under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. You have to give at least six weeks notice to the BANES Council if you want to prune or fell such a tree, or face a hefty fine (up to £20,000 for cutting a tree down).
It’s important to remember that all parts of a tree in a Conservation Area are protected – including its roots. You need to give notice to the Council, therefore, if you plan doing any building work or digging that may impact on a tree’s root system in Bath.
The rules governing work on trees protected by a TPO in Bath are even more strict and well enforced.
All the regulations for protecting trees in a Conservation Area are necessary because trees contribute significantly to the aesthetics of the landscape, enhancing the setting of the historic buildings and other features in the locality.
When you are in need of a tree surgeon in Bath, with so many areas of designated historic interest, it is very important to contract for the work with a company which employs only professional, qualified arborists. We will not only ascertain whether the tree/s requiring work are protected, but make sure the work itself is carried out to the highest possible standard, within legal and safe guidelines.
If you would like to consult us about the health and well-being of your trees in Bath or surrounds, contact us, West Country Tree Services, at telephone 01225 345137, mobile 07759 205453, or email us.
We offer a wide range of tree services in BATH including the following
TREE SURGERY IN BATH
Trees in urban areas like Bath need pruning, thinning, reducing, and pollarding to stay in shape, grow healthily and not present a danger or obstruction to passers-by. Work on trees in Bath, particularly in conservation areas, should be carried out professionally by experienced tree surgeons, like West Country Tree Services. Get in touch with us on 01225 345137 to book an appointment for tree surgery in Bath.
STUMP REMOVAL IN BATH
Tree stumps in Bath left behind when a tree is felled in a garden or public place can cause an obstruction, trip hazard, sprout new shoots or simply look unsightly. West Country Tree Services are equipped with the knowledge and machinery required to efficiently and tidily remove tree stumps in Bath, even in awkward situations. Call us on 01225 345137 or mobile 07759 205453 to eradicate tree stumps in Bath.
HEDGE WORK IN BATH
There are dozens of beautiful hedges in Bath, in the many public parks, surrounding Georgian heritage buildings and in private gardens. West Country Tree Services is kept busy keeping Bath’s hedges in trim, not only so they look good but stay healthy. If you have an overgrown hedge in Bath don’t let it become an eyesore. Contact us on 01225 345137 or mobile 07759 205453 and we’ll make your Bath hedge manageable and neat.
FIREWOOD IN BATH
We keep Bath warm and toasty by providing fuel for log burners and open fires in homes, hotels, guest houses, pubs and restaurants. Our locally sourced seasoned firewood logs in Bath can be delivered free of charge to anywhere in the city. Contact us on 01225 345137 or mobile 07759 205453 to stock up with hardwood or softwood logs in Bath.