From 1 April 2013, in Scotland a new law exists concerning the management of hedges in residential disputes, and handled by local authorities, the High Hedges (Scotland) Bill 2013.
Hedges are defined as:
- hedges over 2m in height,
- hedges formed wholly or mainly by a row of 2 or more trees or shrubs,
- where the height of the hedge forms a barrier to light.
For most, this legislation should not concern us, but it is necessary to maintain hedges, for example, to keep them from growing over neighbours gardens or across pavements.
Hedges are more than just a line of shrubs. Many contain a variety of tree and shrub species. Hedges also provide significant habitat for our wildlife and this should be taken into account when maintaining them. As with other trees and shrubs, hedges do not all require the same management techniques, but the best way to keep them healthy overall is to keep them dense and try to avoid cutting the hedge back to the same point even if trimming every year.
Richard Gauld, Tree Specialist are very experienced at maintaining hedges and can advise you over many aspects from planting to annual trimming.