Hedgerows are distinctive features of the countryside as the most traditional form of field boundary. Countryside hedgerows and the banks they sit on are often of considerable interest for landscape, wildlife and historic reasons and so they are protected through a system of notification by the hedgerow regulations.

Hedges are also used as boundary features around residential properties as they can be attractive and can give an element of privacy. However, sometimes residential hedges can be considered a nuisance and in some clearly defined instances complaints can be made about them under the high hedges legislation

Apply to remove hedgerows

The Hedgerow Regulations 1997 control hedgerow removal through a process of notification.

Complete the notification form and send it in to us. We will assess the hedgerow and determine whether it can be removed or whether to serve a Hedgerow Retention Notice.

Further advice

Contact information

Contact the tree officer by webform.

Email: trees@wycombe.gov.uk

  • Telephone: 01494 461 000