People in Cornwall are being reminded to follow the rules for hedge and tree cutting at this time of year. Between 1 March and 31 August, hedge cutting and trimming is not allowed unless there is a safety issue. This is because it is the main breeding season for birds which have legal protection.

Landowners also have a duty to ensure that the highway is not obstructed and they are being encouraged to cut back any overhanging vegetation now, rather than wait for an official reminder. People should also check the condition of their trees and hedges and seek professional arboricultural advice where required.

For all the latest advice about managing trees and tree risks, please visit the Managing your Trees page on Cornwall Council’s website.

You can report issues with overgrown hedges or overgrown or fallen trees causing a concern in the highway, via the Report issues with hedges or verges page on Cornwall Council’s website.