Remember that all hedge cutting and tree works on the road must be done safely by those qualified to work in accordance with the recommendations in Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual. When working on the highway the person responsible for the work, or their contractor, must have Public Liability Insurance cover for working on the highway for a value of £5 million.
Vegetation should be cut back to maintain the minimum required clearances for roads and footways, remembering that regrowth can take place quickly:
- 5.2m height clearance for vegetation overhanging roads
- 2.1m height clearance for vegetation overhanging footpaths
- 2.5m height clearance for vegetation overhanging cycleways.
Working on hedges
Hedges must be maintained to ensure that the highway remains accessible and safe.
Working on trees
If you need to carry out work on trees you should talk to us before pruning or tree felling as our consent may be needed if the tree has a preservation order or it’s in a conservation area. The Forestry Commission can give you advice if you need to fell a large number of trees.
Disturbing wildlife and nesting birds and the law
If tree works are likely to disturb wildlife you may need to apply for a wildlife licence.
We may request that works are carried out on trees covered by Preservation Orders when they present an urgent and serious safety risk. The Department for Communities and Local Government provides guidance to landowners with protected trees. Please contact our planning department for more information.
The RSPB provides advice on the best time of year to carry out any trimming to avoid the nesting season.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 prohibits damaging the nests of wild birds in use (or under construction) and their eggs. However, there are notable exceptions to this. We only request that landowners work on hedgerows during nesting season when works are necessary to ensure public health and safety.