The term ‘high hedges’ was subjective until it was defined by the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003: Part 8 in 2005. This is a summary of what constitutes a high hedge under the law:

  • The hedge is more than 2m (approx 6½ft) tall (there is extra guidance for hedge heights on slopes)
  • A hedge is defined as a line of two or more trees or shrubs
  • The hedge is formed wholly or predominantly of evergreens (these don’t lose their leaves in winter) or semi-evergreen ones (that stay green most of the year)
  • Bamboo and ivy are not included
  • Where a hedge is predominantly evergreen, the deciduous trees and shrubs within the hedge may be included in the work specified. However, a council can exclude specific trees or require different work
  • There is no doubt that when hedges are allowed to get out of control they soon become a nuisance. GTF Tree care can advise you if your hedge is in danger of becoming too high and unlawful. We specialise in extremely high hedge maintenance and control. Hedge cutting is a specialised skill and for your own safety we recommend you call a professional.