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Hedge Cutting and Maintenance

Cross Court Services provide a comprehensive service to meet all your hedge cutting needs:

  • Trimming
  • Re-shaping
  • Reduction
  • Removal
  • Re-planting
  • Flailing of field and paddock hedges

Timing of Hedge Maintenance

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. The timing of hedge cutting therefore needs to be considered:

  • New hedges require formative pruning for the first couple of years in order to generate the required shape. This is usually carried out in the spring or winter.
  • Informal hedges are usually cut back once a year between March and September, providing there are no nesting birds.
  • Formal hedges and those with rapid growth (e.g. Privet and Conifer hedges) require cutting back 2-3 times a year to maintain their shape.
  • Flailing of field and paddock hedges is carried out between November and March before the nesting season starts.

Specialised Hedge Cutting, Hedge trimming and removal services in Alton, Guildford, Haslemere, Petersfield, Andover, Winchester, Godalming, Southampton, and surrounding areas.

Your responsibility for hedge maintenance

High Hedges

High hedge legislation was included in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 as they can obstruct light and become so overbearing that they are considered anti-social. A high hedge is defined as a hedge over 2m tall consisting mainly of evergreens and or semi-evergreens and the legislation allows neighbours to insist on it being cut back without having to involve legal help.

Boundary Hedges

Boundary hedges between neighbours are generally considered the responsibility of both parties. The ownership of the hedge usually depends on which side of the boundary the hedge is planted. If you are not the owner of the hedge you are still permitted to cut the hedge back to the property line but not beyond as this would be considered as damage to their property. In all cases it is advisable to speak to your neighbour when cutting boundary hedges in order to maintain good neighbourly relationships.

Hedges along public roads and footpaths

If your hedge is restricting the width of the pavement or road then the council may ask you to cut them back and serve a formal notice if the owner does not comply. The owner could also face legal action if a member of the public is injured due to the restricted width.

More info see RHS link: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=408

How to deal with overgrown hedges

Most hedges can be reduced in height and width over a couple of seasons and Cross Court Services will be able to come up with a plan to carry this out sustainably. Some conifers however do not respond well to heavy reductions and may need an alternative strategy which we will be able to advise upon.

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