Restrictions on Cutting Hedgerows and Burning

Restrictions on cutting hedgerows are set out in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 and the Heritage Act 2018. These Acts stipulate that it is an offence to destroy vegetation on uncultivated land between the 1st of March and the 31st of August each year.  This information has already been circulated to local authorities.

There are exemptions to this restriction and these can be read at the link below to the Consolidated Version of S40 of the Wildlife Acts.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to illegal damage to vegetation please do so in writing to natureconservation@housing.gov.ie or contact your local Garda station. 

If you wish to make a Report in relation to illegal damage to vegetation please do so in writing to natureconservation@housing.gov.ie with the Subject Heading “Hedge Cutting” or you can contact your local Garda station.  If you don’t have access to email and wish to make your Report in writing, please mark them “Hedge Cutting” and post/drop in to:

Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
National Parks and Wildlife Service
90 King Street North
Dublin 7
D07 N7CV