Hedge Cutting Notice

Hedge Cutting Notice

The Period for Cutting Hedges commenced on Friday, 1 September. Owners and occupiers of lands along public roads are obliged to ensure that roadside hedges and trees do not present a hazard or obstruction to road users.

Published on: 01 Nov 2017

Cavan County Council will, under Section 70 of the Roads Act, 1993, serve a Hedge Cutting Notice on those who do not carry out this obligation.

Cavan County Council will prosecute those who fail to comply with these notices.

Under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, incorporating Section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, Hedge Cutting can be carried out over a period of 6 months from 1st September to the last day of February.

All landowners and occupiers are reminded that hedge cutting and trimming should be carried out as early as possible on hedges adjacent to public roads.

Ensure that the Contractor you get to carry out this work is competent to carry it out safely.



Overgrown hedges and trees:

  •         Can encroach on a roadway making it dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles
  •         Can shade a road, leaving it wet and liable to ice
  •         Overhanging branches can fall on a road and hit road users


What is Required:

  •         Trees, shrubs, hedges or other vegetation should be topped, i.e. cut right across horizontally at a height not exceeding four feet over road level, and breasted back so that no portion shall encroach on the road carriageway or road margin.
  •         Where trees are to be cut, they shall normally be cut to a height not exceeding four feet over road level.

For Further Information contact your Municipal District Office:

Bailieborough-Cootehill                    049 437 8477

Ballyjamesduff                                  049 854 7013

Cavan - Belturbet                             049 952 6121