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More protection for hedgerows

29 June 1998
More protection for hedgerows

BRITAINS hedgerows are to receive more protection under a new conservation regime. The move will increase the number of hedgerows which qualify for protection, and make it harder for farmers to grub them up without full consultation.

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More protection for hedgerows

29 June 1998
More protection for hedgerows

BRITAINS hedgerows are to receive more protection under a new conservation regime to be announced by Michael Meacher, environment minister.

He will increase the number of hedgerows which qualify for protection, and make it harder for farmers to grub them up without full consultation.

Some 40,000 miles of hedges were grubbed up between 1984 and 1993, prompting the last Conservative Government to enact laws to curb the destruction.

Farmers now have to give six weeks notification to a local authority if they want to remove a hedge. The council issues a preservation notice if the hedgerow is considered “important” – that is, if it is at least 30 years old and of some archaeological, historical, wildlife or landscape value.

Mr Meacher will announce plans to extend the notification period. He will also extend the definition of what constitutes an “important” hedge.

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