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Hedge Cutting Advice

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To protect and support the island's wildlife, Agriculture, Countryside & Land Management Services (ACLMS), together with local wildlife groups, promote advice for the sustainable cutting of roadside hedges.

Guernsey's beautiful landscape is defined by its distinctive roadside hedge banks which form an important part of our Island's heritage. They form living threads which run through and connect the parishes and can be a haven for both plants and animals, adding much to the Island's natural living diversity.

It is a legal requirement to cut roadside hedges each year between 1st - 15th June and then again between 15th - 30th September, however cutting a hedge too severely and frequently can have a detrimental effect on the vegetation and the wildlife it supports.

If landowners are concerned that an uncut or lightly cut section of hedge will create a hazard to road users they should contact their Parish Constables for advice. Any road signs, mirrors or traffic lights must always be visible. All cuttings should be cleared away immediately after the hedge is cut as cuttings can easily compromise road drainage if left. 

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