Botanical Surveys: Hedgerow Regulations Survey
What is a Hedgerow Regulations Survey?
Some hedgerows are legally protected from removal - this often relates to their age, quality or cultural properties. Such hedgerows are classified as 'important' and are protected under the Hedgerows Regulations (1997).
You might require a Hedgerow Survey as part of a Planning Application where hedgerows are to be removed; for example to facilitate a new housing development or to create a new access road. In this case, you might be asked to provide an assessment of the onsite hedgerows with regards to the criteria outlined in the Hedgerow Regulations.
Factors considered in a Hedgerow Regulations Survey include the number of woody species within an average 30m section of the hedgerow; the number of standard trees; the position of the hedgerow with reference to other features such as parallel hedges, ponds, woodlands and footpaths; and the ground flora of the hedgerow. These require specialist skills and knowledge to competently assess in accordance with the Criteria.
How can LSC help?
Our Ecologists are experienced in undertaking Hedgerow Regulations surveys around the UK and are skilled at assessing the characteristics required to identify whether the hedgerow is 'Important'. This includes a strong awareness of how the regulations change around the country - for example certain counties have a lower threshold for the number of woody species required to fall within the purview of the regulations.
Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by the Hedgerow Survey Handbook, and our reports consistently and comprehensively provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.
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