Trim­ming law

Amateur Gardening - - Your Letters -

RE­GARD­ING your ar­ti­cle on hedge prun­ing, surely it is a crim­i­nal of­fence in the UK to prune a hedge or tree in the UK with­out as­cer­tain­ing that there are no nest­ing birds be­tween April and Au­gust. This is not an EU di­rec­tive it is a UK law.

Paul Chan­dler, Droitwich

Wendy says: Cor­rect, it is good prac­tice to re­frain from trim­ming hedges be­tween these times. But if you are happy there are no bird nests, you can trim any time.

Care­fully check hedges first

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