Hedges in the Countryside
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.
Hedgerows are a very distinctive feature and provide 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.
Apply to remove a hedge
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.