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This legislation is separate from the consideration of ‘high hedges’.
Certain hedgerows are affected by the Regulations – generally hedgerows in the countryside (but not hedges within or bordering a garden).
The way in which the Regulations apply to individual hedgerows is quite complex. If a hedgerow is affected by the regulations, then permission may be required to remove all or part of it. You should therefore discuss a proposal to remove hedgerows in the countryside informally with the Council’s Tree Preservation Order Assistant at an early stage before formally seeking permission.
If a hedgerow is removed without permission, you could be liable for a fine and may also have to replace the hedgerow.