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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

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 habitat.

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 local seed.

New rules

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 safety. 

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