Hedge maintenance programme keeps borough beautiful and protects wildlife

28 October 2016

Hedge cuttingAs the winter months approach, Cheshire West and Chester Council is carrying out hedge maintenance works to keep the borough neat and beautiful, while also protecting wildlife.

Hedge cutting began at the beginning of September and will continue to the end of October, with over 73,000 metres of hedge being cut on council-owned land.

No hedge cutting takes place between 1 March and 31 August, except where it is necessary to ensure public safety. Birds are actively nesting at this time and it is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), to intentionally damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is being used or built.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: "Hedgerows were originally designed to keep animals in or out of fields and to mark ownership boundaries. They are now also appreciated for their cultural and historical associations and great importance for wildlife."

"In addition to the programmed cutting of our hedges, we undertake some reactive cutting where inspections indicate that safety is being compromised, for example if a motorist cannot see around a bend safely because their view is blocked." The Council's Street Care Pledge sets out a shared commitment with local residents to maintain a clean and attractive environment. If you spot an environmental problem like a hedge obstructing motorists or blocking pedestrians, please use the Your Streets website to report it.

The website aims to make reporting problems easier and provide useful information about the range of services the Council provides in communities across the borough.

Not all cutting is undertaken by the Council. Most hedge cutting along the highway is done by the adjacent land owner (often farmers). For more information about trees, woods and hedges on private land, please visit the trees, wood and hedges page on the Council's website.

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