Since 1 September, farmers are permitted to resume hedge-cutting.
New rules were introduced in 2020 regulating the cutting of hedgerows on farms availing of a nitrates derogation.
These farmers have three options.
According to the all-Ireland pollinator plan, from which the nitrates derogation measures are derived from, roadside hedges may be cut for safety reasons, but it does say that the inside of the hedge should be allowed to flower.
There is some confusion among farmers as to what constitutes a road safety issue.
However, if a hedge is restricting the view of motorists, then one would imagine that it is a road safety issue.