Council's hedge maintenance programme keeps borough beautiful and protects wildlife

2 September 2019

As summer draws to a close, Cheshire West and Chester Council is planning hedge maintenance works to keep the borough neat and beautiful, while also protecting wildlife.

Hedge cutting starts from the beginning of September and continues 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 Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore, said: "The recent warm and humid spells followed by heavy rain have created a surge in tree and hedge growth across Cheshire West. Teams will be working very hard to maintain our beautiful borough in the coming weeks.

"As well as our programmed cutting of 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.

"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."

The Council's Love Your Streets campaign 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 report it on the Council's website. It's quick and easy to use.

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, woods and hedges page on the Council website.

It’s time to have your say on the Climate Emergency

The Council has declared that the borough is in a climate emergency and that it is working with partners, businesses and communities to tackle climate change in the area.

With the environment at the top of the agenda, the first commitment is to make the Council, and borough as a whole, carbon neutral before 2045 but due to the scale of this challenge, the Council is calling on everyone to drive bigger, lasting change.

You can get involved right now by sharing your views and ideas – big and small – on how we can reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions across energy, water, air, land, food and waste, and adapt our communities to be more resilient to the impact of climate change climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. Deadline for applications, Friday 18 October 2019.

All public evidence gathered will be used to support the Climate Emergency Summit, on Friday 22 November 2019, which will bring together partners, experts and the community to discuss findings and set out plans to develop a borough-wide response.

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