Countryside hedges are protected by the Hedgerow Regulations 1997, which are quite complex when applied to individual hedgerows
Trees make a valuable contribution to the natural and built environment.
A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is an Order made by the Council, giving legal protection to trees or woodland.
All trees in Conservation Areas are protected from unnecessary felling or lopping by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 and you must give six weeks notice in writing to the Council's Development Control Department.
Trees on development sites may be protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and/or by conditions attached to a planning permission. It is important that such trees are properly protected during construction.
It is estimated that thousands of people are adversely affected by high hedges, but if the owner of the hedge is unwilling to co-operate there is little the person affected can presently do.