Horticulture and street cleaning

Report an overgrown hedge

We have the responsibility to maintain all hedges on Council land.

Our hedges are managed according to the 'Hedgerow regulations act 1997' and the 'Wildlife and countryside act 1981'.

Most of our hedges are trimmed shortly after the bird-nesting season has finished. This is usually in July, but can be delayed by seasonal variations.

For quicker growing hedge varieties or hedges next to footpaths, we aim to give them a second cut in the winter period.

Larger hedge lines are cut using a tractor and flail machine.

Somerset County Council responsibility

The County Council are responsible for keeping the footpaths, rights of ways and roads clear of overhanging hedges.

To report overgrown hedges or trees on the highway, contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224 or email southsomhighways@somerset.gov.uk.

Homeowners responsibility

Individual homeowners are responsible for overhanging or overgrown hedges on their property.

If you are in dispute with your neighbour over the height of a boundary hedge, see our high hedge disputes page on our website for advice and support.

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