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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.

Hedge Maintenance

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.

Warminster Tree Surgeon BA12

The West Wiltshire town of Warminster – close to the county’s border with Somerset – has long been a military town, and doesn’t at first sight bristle with trees (except for some lovely specimens in the riverside Pleasure Gardens). Warminster, though, does love its trees – we at West Country Tree Services know this because we are often called upon to tend them.

Tree Surgery in Warminster

Our fully trained, well-equipped and qualified team provide a full range of tree services across Warminster and the entire BA12 postcode area. We are the tree surgeons of choice for Warminster and the surrounding area, including the villages of Sutton Veny, Codford, Corsley, Heytesbury, Horningsham, Stockton, Upton Scudamore and along the Wylye Valley.

We know the area well, and understand what it takes to care for the trees that grow there. We’re specialists in Ash Dieback – a potentially fatal fungal disease that attacks our native Ash trees.

We spend a lot of our time doing tree surgery in Warminster – everything from light pruning to last resort tree felling. Our aim is to keep the local trees happy, healthy and safe.

Warminster Tree Services

We’re certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, are fully insured and work to the highest levels of health and safety BS3998 standards. We’re also CSCS registered to work on construction sites.

We are competent to do crown reductions, crown thinning, pollarding and tree shaping, and can make storm-damaged trees safe.

We have the equipment to do aerial tree surveys, tree inspections and tree hazard and risk assessments.

We often work with developers and builders to advise on tree management or tree removal in Warminster, and provide a useful “man and machine” woodchipper hire service to contractors and private individuals.

Stump Removal and Hedge Work in Warminster

Tree stumps in gardens or public spaces are not only unsightly, but can present a trip hazard or harbour rot and plant diseases. Getting rid of tree stumps is heavy, specialist work, but West Country Tree Services make it seem easy! We eradicate tree stumps by grinding them down, leaving the site clean, tidy and safe in our wake.

We’re also the local Warminster hedge trimming experts, keeping the hedges in the town and surrounds neat and healthy no matter the species. We’re knowledgeable about hedge horticulture, and happy to establish new hedges, or exercise our artistic topiary skills if you want to give your garden the wow factor.

Free Delivery of Firewood in Warminster

A spin-off from our tree surgery activities means that we are able to offer a reliable supply of good quality seasoned firewood. We have hardwood and softwood logs, hand split and barn stored for a year, which we deliver free to your driveway or logstore in Warminster.

Make sure you keep your home fires burning this winter by getting your order for firewood in early.

If you have any tree maintenance problems, are concerned about the condition of trees on your Warminster property, need trees or shrubs removed or pruned, or need advice on any arborial issues, Dan Potter and his keen team of tree specialists look forward to hearing from you. Call West Country Tree Services on telephone 01225 345137, mobile 07759 205453, or email enquiries@westcountrytreeservices.co.uk.