“I am a landowner with part of my land boundary adjoining a public road while other parts adjoin neighbouring farmer’s lands. Who is responsible for cutting the hedges?”
Hedgerows along a public road: The Roads Act, 1993 stipulates that the owner or occupier of land shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a tree, shrub, hedge or other vegetation on the land is not a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road. Thus, hedgerow maintenance along a road is the responsibility of the owner or occupier of the land. Where a hedge is a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road, a road authority may serve a notice on the owner or occupier of the land requiring the felling, cutting or trimming of the hedge within a period stated in the notice. Where the owner or occupier of land fails to comply with a notice, they shall be guilty of an offence. The road authority may take the action specified in the notice and recover any reasonable costs incurred by it from the owner or occupier of the land. The Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act, 2000, forbids cutting or removal of hedgerows or other vegetation during the bird nesting season from 1 March to 31 August each year.