The Hedgerow Regulations 1997
Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) have the power to protect hedges in the countryside that are of importance either ecologically or historically. The Hedgerow Regulations, introduced in 1997, require that anyone who wishes to remove a hedge in the countryside must notify the LPA by submitting a Hedgerow Removal Notice.
On receipt of the application, the Council must consider whether or not the hedgerow is 'important'. This assessment is based on a set of criteria contained within the Regulations that cover the age, archaeological, historical, wildlife and landscape value of the hedge.
If it is considered necessary to prohibit removal of the hedgerow, then the applicant will be notified within 6 weeks.
There are a few exemptions from the need to notify, the main one being that the hedgerow is within the curtilage, or forms the boundary, of a dwelling.
Hedgerows that are shorter than 20 metres may not need consent to be removed.
If you wish to remove a hedgerow you should contact the Council to check if consent is required. If you do require consent please print and complete the Application for Hedgerow Removal Notice (PDF: 422Kb / 3 pages) and return to the address on the form.
For further information:
Contact: Arboriculturist (Thursdays and Fridays)
Telephone: 01768 212159
Fax: 01768 890470
Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7QF