Farmers will be allowed to cut and flail hedgerows from 1 September 2018.

According to section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, as amended by the Wildlife (amendment) Act 2000, it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on uncultivated land or in hedges or ditches during the period beginning on the first day of March and ending on the 31st day of August.