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There are laws to protect hedgerows:

  • it is against the law to remove most countryside hedgerows without permission
  • you must apply to us to get permission to remove a hedgerow
  • we have 6 weeks to decide if the hedgerow can be removed
  • if you remove a hedgerow without permission (whether it is important or not) you may face an unlimited fine. You may also have to replace the hedgerow

You can apply to remove a hedgerow via the Planning Portal.

There is no charge for applying to remove a hedgerow.

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