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Hedgerow Regulations

As hedgerows are protected by law, if you wish to remove one in the countryside you must apply to the Council under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997. Remember, you are required to give the Council six weeks notice if you intend to remove the hedgerow and failure to do so is a criminal offence.

About Hedgerows

Hedgerows and Devon banks are a very distinctive features of North Devon and are the area's largest natural nature reserve, providing valuable wildlife habitat for many species of flora and fauna. They are some of the oldest features in the countryside. The field boundaries on which they run are often of considerable historic interest, incorporating such features as ancient earthworks - so it is important that they are protected by law.

If you wish to serve notice of your intention to remove a hedgerow, or to claim the exemption to remove a hedgerow, you can register or log into The Planning Portal and submit a hedgerow removal form online.

You can also download a PDF version of the Hedgerow Removal Form, which you can either complete electronically and submit it to us by e-mail or print it, complete it and submit it to us by post.

Hedgerow Management

Hedgerows only thrive when they are properly managed. If you want more information on the history, wildlife value, landscape value or management of hedgerows, visit the Devon County Council's hedgerow Pages.