Hedgerows are a very distinctive feature of the South Hams and are the district'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 visit the Planning Portal and submit a hedgerow removal form.
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 Devon County Council's Hedgerow page.