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Hedge cutting reminder as bird nesting season starts soon

An adult bird feeding its babies Published Thursday, 10th February 2022

Residents are being advised that there is less than a month to go before bird nesting season if they need to cut back trees and hedges.

Worcestershire County Council says now is a good time to prune, before the start of nesting season, which runs between March and August.

Although roadside hedges are the landowner’s responsibility, Worcestershire County Council manages 30.5 miles of hedges in the interest of safety, for example keeping footpaths clear and maintaining good visibility for road users.

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “Many trees and hedges are maintained by the county highways team, such as those within highway verges. It is important for us to balance maintaining access and visibility whilst avoiding sensitive times of year for plants and wildlife.

However, Residents and landowners are responsible for their own trees and hedges, particularly if they are overhanging the road or pavement. So, we would like to remind people that now is a good time to prune because there is less foliage and birds are yet to nest.”

If shrubbery is causing an obstruction or visibility issue to a road, street sign or lighting column, residents can report it to the Council via the online reporting page.

Residents can take hedge and tree clippings to a local Household Recycling Centre where it is recycled into a soil conditioner.  

Some areas offer a garden waste collection service. For more information on this please contact your local District Council.  

You can check who is your local District Council via the Let’s Waste Less website.