Traditional Boundaries – policies
CCW is committed to conserving, restoring and
improving traditional boundaries as part of the landscape.
CCW works with many partners including the
RSPB, National Trust and local authorities on issues concerning
traditional boundaries. We also advise the Welsh Assembly on this
We have created guidance and financial
incentives for traditional boundary restoration through Tir Gofal
and previously through the Hedgerow Restoration Scheme.
Protecting traditional boundaries
The Hedgerow Regulations 1997 provide
protection for hedges and mean that the local planning authority
must be contacted before removing an existing hedgerow.
In exceptional circumstances, when a hedge
does have to be removed, CCW recommends moving the hedge or
replanting with appropriate native species and plants grown from
CCW supports new regulations, introduced in
January 2005, for landowners and occupiers. By being part of the
Single Payment Scheme, most farmers will need to comply with the
Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC). These will
stop landowners from trimming hedgerows between 1 March and 31
August, unless there are health and safety reasons, such as road