In 1997 regulations came into force to protect important hedgerows. To get permission to remove a hedgerow you must notify the local planning authority. If the authority decide to prohibit the removal of an important hedgerow it must let you know within six weeks.

If you remove a hedgerow without permission you may face an unlimited fine and you will also have to replace the hedgerow.

If you are considering removing a hedgerow, please contact the Landscape and Open Spaces Team on 01962 840 222 or NaturalEnvironment@winchester.gov.uk.