Hedgerows are an important part of the National Park’s rural landscape. They play a vital role in:

  • preventing soil erosion
  • providing shelter for wildlife
  • controlling livestock
  • protecting land and crops from wind erosion

Rural hedgerows are often protected under regulations such as the Hedgerow Regulations 1997.

How do I know if a hedgerow is protected?

There are three factors that determine whether a hedgerow is protected. These include:

  • length
  • location
  • importance

Keep in mind that hedgerows can also include trees. More information about protected hedges is available on the UK Government’s website.

Countryside Hedgerows (gov.uk website)

Removing a rural hedgerow

Rural hedgerows are protected under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997. The regulations state that it is illegal to remove hedgerows in the countryside without permission from the relevant local planning authority.

Applying for consent to remove a hedgerow

If you intend to remove a hedgerow within the National Park, you will need to apply for permission from Eryri National Park Authority.

The application form is accompanied by guidance notes that further explain the requirements for the application.

For more information about submitting applications to the Authority, visit the Apply for Planning Permission page.

Apply for Planning Permission