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Hedge Cutting Dates

You should not cut or trim hedges or trees between the dates of March 1st and September 1st without a derogation. You may only apply for a derogation if you plan to cut hedges before any new grass lay or oil seed rape is sown in the Autumn.

Please see below the dates of when you should and shouldn't cut hedges and trees, to comply with GAEC 7.


Mar 1st

You must not cut or trim hedges or trees from this date, but you can carry out hedge and tree coppicing and hedge laying from 1 March until 30 April. Fruit and nut trees in orchards, or trees acting as windbreaks in orchards, vineyards, hop yards or hop gardens are not included in the ban. (GAEC 7a and 7c)
May 1st You must not carry out hedge or tree coppicing or hedge laying from this date. (GAEC7a and 7c)
Aug 1st If you have been granted a derogation by RPA, you may be able to cut or trim hedges throughout August, to sow oilseed rape or temporary grassland. (GAEC 7a)
Sept 1st You can cut or trim hedges and trees from this date. (GAEC 7a and 7c)


Applying for a Derogation

If you plan to have Oil Seed Rape or grass sown in the Autumn you may be eligible for a Hedge Cutting Derogation. All you have to do is send the following information to the RPA:

  • SBI and business name
  • either the land parcel reference numbers where the hedges or trees are located which are to be cut/trimmed or a map showing the sections of hedge or trees that are to be cut/trimmed; and
  • any other supporting evidence, for example, photographs or diagrams

Apply via Email:

To: ruralpayments@defra.gsi.gov.uk 

Subject: "Cross Compliance Derogation"


Apply via Post:

RPA, PO Box 352, Workshop S80 9FG

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