Hedgerows are protected by the Hedgerows Regulations 1997.

Permission is required from the loval planning authority before removing hedges that are

1) at least 20 metres in length

2) over 30 years old

3) contains at least 7 woody species per 30m

4) contains fewer woody species per 30m but includes one of the following trees; black-poplar tree (Populus nigra ssp betulifolia); large-leaved lime (Tilia platyphyllos); small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata); wild service-tree (Sorbus torminalis);   or certain species of plant.

Hedgerows with particular hisrorical associations or in areas covered by a Historic Landscape Characterisation are often protected on the basis of historic importance and their wildlife value.

A summary of the regulations is contained in the Defra leaflet “The Hedgerows Regulations: Your Questions Answered”. More detailed guidance is contained in The Hedgerows Regulations 1997: A Guide to the Law and Good Practice. Both are available in electronic format, free of charge by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Treetec surveys are completed to the Hedgerow Regulations guideline standards. In some cases, more detailed information may be required about a hedgerow’s ecological importance and an assessment using the Hedgerow Evaluation and Grading System (HEGS) can be undertaken.