Interesting Links For Information on Hedges, Cutting etc.

Hedgelink – working together for the UK’s hedgerows Hedgelink is the partnership that brings everyone interested in hedgerows together, to share knowledge and ideas, to encourage and inspire, and to work with farmers and other land managers to conserve and enhance our hedgerow heritage. Visit to find out more, including how to get your free copy of ‘A cut above the rest’ – a dvd which highlights the importance of hedges and gives practical hedgerow management advice.

The National Hedge Laying Society - Aims to encourage the art of hedge laying and keep local styles in existence. A good site covering the basics of hedge laying, with some notes on regional styles. They run the National Hedgelaying Championships each year. The Blackdown Hills Hedge Association run coaches to this event every year. Visit their website: Blackdown Hills Hedge Association.

Chew Valley Trees – Suppliers of native trees, shrubs and hedging.

The Devon Hedge Group, with whom we co-ordinate Hedge Week.

South West Regional Biodiversity Partnership - Promoting biodiversity in South West England. Details of Habitat Action Plans and Biodiversity Action Plans in the South West. There are details of the Species-rich hedges action Plan - SW.

The Guild of Cornish Hedgers was set up to promote the building of quality Cornish hedges and thanks to Heritage Lottery funding they run an apprentice scheme to keep this ancient craft alive.

Your One-stop Shop for training and certification for people working in rural based industries (Agriculture, Horticulture, Arboriculture) throughout Somerset and the West Country.

The Arboricultural Information Exchange - The hedgerow category has links to a number of useful organisations, relevant legislation and publications.

The Hedgerows Regulation 1997, Statutory Instrument No. 1160.

Dry Stone Walling Association.

South West England branch; Contact: Kim Robinson, Tel: 01749 689037 (evenings); E-mail:

A professional hedgelayer provides information about hedges, hedgelaying and how to find a hedgelayer. Includes a good section on hedges in our landscape and the practicalities of laying, such as laying round corners and root laying.

The Nuisance Hedge Advice Centre provides concise, impartial information, advice and further resource on all aspects of the Nuisance Hedge Legislation which appeared in Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and became law in June 2005. Unlike other sources of information, the Nuisance Hedge Advice Centre caters for all interested parties, whether you're a hedge owner, a neighbour of a hedge owner or a third party organisation offering help and advice on high hedges and hedge cutting issues.

Contains everything about hedges in Europe. Covers techniques, studies and advice for planting and maintaining hedges. Includes a species section which comprises a database of hedgerow species and their characteristics. There is also a useful glossary of technical terms relating to hedgerow management.

The Postcode Plant's Database of the Natural History Museum which generates lists of native flora and fauna for any specified postal district in the UK.

The bat conservation website.

Haygate Engineering manufacture a pioneering range of safety high hedge cutting platforms, particularly for domestic use.

Welcome to the Somerset County Council's Levels and Moors Project website.
The Levels & Moors Partnership Working together to benefit our rural livelihoods and cultural landscapes. Initiatives that are being developed in the area through the Levels and Moors Partnership

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has a number of useful web pages with advice for landowners on hedges.