Hedge Cutting Season is controlled by DEFRA via GAEC 7.


It states that you must not cut or trim hedges between March 1st and September 1st


Under derogation (only if granted) you may cut or trim hedges throughout August to allow for the sowing of Oilseed Rape or Temporary Grass Ley



  • Hedges or branches pose a risk for drivers on a public highway or private road
  • Hedges or branches obstruct the path of a public right of way


For a list of hedge cutting dates click here 


4R Reassurance will highlight hedge trimming under derogation on your farm maps