Hedgerows: Protection and Management

Despite the current chilly and damp weather prevailing across the UK, wild birds, showcasing remarkable resilience, are gearing up to breed once more. This marks a crucial period when birds seek secure locations for nesting and rebuilding their populations after the winter. The breeding season typically spans from 1st March to 31st August. Consequently, Trowbridge Town Council refrains from hedge-cutting during this period due to various factors, including compliance with The Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 and The Greener Trowbridge Strategy.


Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The Wildlife and Country Act of 1981 is, as the name may hint at, about wildlife. Because of this act, we are not allowed to touch any hedges, shrubs, or trees between the 1st of March and the 31st of August. There are also key factors that determine whether a hedgerow is protected or not. The most important one to us is that it is on common or protected land. As with anything, there is a certain exception to the rule: the Highways Act of 1980. To simplify this, if a tree, hedge, or shrub obstructs the safe passage of pedestrians or vehicles, it will be cut back. This also includes if the obstruction interferes with the view of a driver of a vehicle or the light of a public lamp; it will be cut back.

For more detailed information regarding the legislation, visit here.


The Greener Trowbridge Strategy

The Greener Trowbridge Strategy was put in place to allow trees and woodlands to help reduce the effects of pollution and help our community reduce their carbon footprint. The flora is an essential part of our town as it provides a suitable habitat for a range of species, enabling a rich diversity of wildlife to live and survive, and enabling people to experience and engage with the natural environment. Not to mention, we rely on the flora just as much as the local wildlife does.


We do not tend to trees, hedges, or shrubs that are on privately owned land or property. This includes rented properties from public authorities or private landlords.





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