Report Illegal Hedge Trimming

Hedge trimming falls under the Wildlife Act of 1976, and the amendment in 2000, so it’s illegal to cut ditches from 1st March to 31st August (inclusive), with a few exceptions. If you come across illegal hedge trimming, please contact the Gardaí or the National Park and Wildlife Service on 01-8883242 or Lo-call 1890-383000.

Some have commented that it is because the farmers lose money unless they cut the hedgerows and trees back. However the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed TD, has issued a statement that indicates that this is not the case. In fact, farmers are required to retain and maintain these under GAEC 7 rules, and receive payment for doing so.