Cutting of Hedges

Hedgerows are an important habitat for a range of wildlife, including birds, insects and wildflowers, providing an important part of our landscape.

Under section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, incorporating section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, the times for hedge and verge cutting are set out. In summary, this means that if cutting of hedges and verges is planned, this should be carried out by the end of February and no further cutting should take place until the start of September.

If you require clarification on whether it is appropriate to cut hedges or verges, please contact the relevant conservation rangers from the National Parks and Wildlife:

Offaly North East: Colm Malone (057) 9331470
West Offaly: Noel Bugler (057) 9122512

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