Hedgerows are important features in the landscape of Co. Wicklow, offering food and shelter for many species of plant, mammals, birds and insects, as well as enhancing views and contributing to the unique character of our countryside.
Many hedgerows can be dated back to the mid 1700s , and are literally standing records of an area’s history of land ownership and testament to other features of local heritage (geology, traditional skills, farming practices etc). Very often threats to hedgerows result from a lack of awareness about their conservation value, and lack of knowledge about best management practices.
Restrictions on cutting hedgerows are set out in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000. These Acts stipulate that it is an offence to destroy vegetation on uncultivated land between the 1 March and the 31 August each year.
Conserving Hedgerows is a guide produced by local authority heritage officers in association with The Heritage Council.