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Hedgerows and high hedges

Information about the management of hedgerows and resolving high hedge disputes in Dorset.


Many countryside hedgerows are deemed to be important and are protected by the Hedgerow Regulations 1997.

The Hedgerow Regulations were introduced to help address the widespread loss of countryside hedgerows that had occurred due to intensification of farming methods. The regulations introduced new arrangements for local planning authorities in England and Wales to protect important hedgerows in the countryside, by controlling their removal through a system of notification. It is unlawful to remove or destroy certain hedgerows without the written permission of your local planning authority.

The regulations do not apply to garden hedges (which are defined as hedgerows within or marking the boundary of the curtilage of a dwelling house).

Find out more or contact the appropriate officer for your district or borough council:

High Hedges

New powers were created for local authorities under part eight of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 to tackle problems associated with high hedges.

Residents are able to take complaints to their district/ borough council about high hedges, provided they have tried and exhausted all other means for resolving their hedge dispute.

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