We are the support and lobby group who successfully campaigned for control of hedge nuisance in the UK.
Our help site draws on the experience of thousands of members
The High Hedges Law passed in 2005 has directly and indirectly caused much serious hedge nuisance to be abated. Nevertheless serious loopholes have been found and the review which was promised by the Labour Government in 2005 is long overdue.
We were told that this Government would honour that commitment. We have presented the Government with a detailed outline of the loopholes that need closing and been told they are the same as the ones the Councils have identified.
Please let your MP know about this situation.
Bad Decision by Council which must not be allowed to result in serious weakening of the High Hedges Law.
ADVICE on USING the HEDGE LAW About the High Hedges Law The CURRENT POSITION Links to items of particular current interest
Where we are now and what we are doing - a brief note
Problems in WALES
HEDGELINE Hedgeline Contacts
Hedgeline's Aims and Origins
The Campaigns in SCOTLAND & IRELAND Scotland | The N. Ireland Campaign | Contacts for these Regions OTHER Frequently Asked Questions: Key Information
Some Facts about Hedging Trees
Government & MP Contact Addresses
Recommendations on Solicitors
Links to other Relevant Sites
Our CAMPAIGN for LEGISLATION (historic) Index to the campaign, and advice put out before the High Hedges Law (Nov. 2003)
Notes on Fast Track (Small Claims Court) route, from this time
Original Humour page (for old times sake)
Links to Items of Particular Current Interest
This summary is on the homepage after the main index. Links back to homepage at ends of other pages.
We would like to warn
- We have, in the past, had confusion arising from another site copying links and material from our site. Getting hits is important for their advertising revenue. However the copied material is years out of date and has caused much confusion
Please be sure only to type in Hedgeline.org.
The council is at present doing most of the initial advice work. We are helping with tricky appeals. We are still awaiting the promised review of the High Hedges Law. August 2010
There is now a High Hedges Law in Scotland March 2013
The written question asking the Government to give a date for the expected review of Fe 'High Hedges Law' has been answered June 2012
The High Hedges Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 became fully operational on 31 March 2012 April 2012
In N. Ireland most of the fee money will be refunded by the councils when a complaint is upheld March 2012
The new ministers as from the 2010 election are the Rt Hons Greg Clark & Bob Neill) August 2010
Where we are now and what we are doing (England & Wales)- a brief note -January 08, since when little has changed
Scothedge. (The Campaign in Scotland) Hopes for Legislation soon September 09
Wales: There are serious problems with implementation of the High Hedges Law in Wales January 08 - no detailed information since
The High Hedges Law is failing many suffers from severe hedge nuisance. Councils must not risk killing hedges
APPEALS (Essential for anyone thinking of appealing to look at this advice quickly).
Council tried to withdraw enforcement case because of technicality - grower must have 28 days to appeal
Some councils are charging huge fees for High Hedges Law Model letters for those who can't afford them
A few messages to Hedgeline from disappointed hedge victims
Hedgeline's advice for Hedge victims about to use the High Hedges Law
Hedgeline's troubleshooting pages, focusing on Councils
'High Hedges Complaints: Prevention and Cure' Government Guidance Notes for local authorities (PDF)
Complaining to the council (PDF) Government document about making a complaint under the High Hedges Law.
Very easy ways to contact your MP or Councillor. Just type postcode into a website and the rest is done for you.
Scale of height reductions under the 'High Hedges Law' Light loss alone may not produce reasonable hedges
Damage to buildings will not be directly covered in the High Hedges Law.
Text of the High Hedges legislation Anti-social Behaviour Act, part 8
Hedgeline Official Thanks ListWe are deeply indebted to a number of fair-minded, clever and energetic politicians and others.
Hedgeline does not enter into litigation: cf - Disclaimer
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Hedgeline Origins and AimsHedgeline was formed on March 1st 1998, by Michael Jones and a small group of less than 200 people who contacted him as a result of his famous and much publicised, five year, court case. Many of these helped in some way with the setting up of Hedgeline and many other highly skilled members have also freely given their services to this venture. Some Individuals Mentioned
Since we closed our active campaign in May 2013 we cannot be quite as active in furthering these aims but there are stll faults and loopoles in the Law and there is room for new blood tro take up the challenge.
Primary Aim - The effective legislative control of nuisance high Hedges.
1 - To bring about further changes in public attitudes towards the growers of nuisance high Hedges.
2 - To provide 'fellowship in adversity' for all Hedgeline members: sympathy and a listening ear to any hedge victim and informed support for those resolved on actively confronting their problem.
We would like to point out that we are not specifically against the Leyland Cypress, or against harmless high hedges in suitable places. We are against all nuisance high Hedges, regardless of the plant species involved.
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Other Relevant Sites
Hedgeline is not directly responsible for most of these sites, and does not necessarily support the material on them.
Scothedge. The website of our Scots branch which is campaigning for a high hedges Law in Scotland.
Michael Jones' personal website Michael, our founder member, defended the much publicised 5 year court case, Stanton v Jones.
Hedgelaw Summary of the present legislative position on problem high hedges.
- The ODPM is now The Department Of Communications and Local Government: DCLG
email address email@example.com
Website: The Department of Communications and Local Government website is undergoing reorganisation
House of Commons Website http://www.parliament.uk
To Discover Your MP or AM's Contact Addresses / Fax.
- House of Commons Information http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/almsad.htm
To Use a Website to contact Your MP or AM
- A website to easily contact MPs or AM's and Councillors. www.writetothem.com
- To use these sites all you need to do is to type in use one of the above links. The homepage there asks you to enter your postcode. Your MPs details will appear. You then have to enter your name, address, phone number and a valid email address before you can compose your letter.
- When you have finished you will be sent an email (immediately), which confirms your message is genuine, and your email, now in fax form, will be sent.
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We try to give our members all the help we possibly can. We are basing our advice on our own experience and on that of other members of the group but we must make it clear that we are not legal experts, and that no member of Hedgeline can take any responsibility for any misunderstanding or adverse consequence, of whatever kind, or however caused, which may arise from the use of the contents of this website.
Hedgeline cannot, and shall not involve itself in the personal disputes of any Hedgeline worker, member, or other person. Hedgeline does not enter into litigation, and does not back financially or otherwise, any person, who does enter into litigation.
Hedgeline does not advise any person to enter into any litigation which goes beyond the fast track court, or the ASB Act part 8, High Hedges. and wishes to make it clear that any person using the fast track court, or the 'ASB Act part 8, High Hedges' does so on their own responsibility and at their own expense.
Likewise any official of Hedgeline who enters into litigation of any kind or for any reason will be doing so as a private individual and will be will be doing so at their own risk and expense. The action will be without the consent and authority of Hedgeline. This declaimer first appeared on our website with its present form and wording on 21 January, 2008
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This document was written and constructed by Clare. It is maintained by Clare and is normally updated at least every few days.
Hedgeline copyright for the entire site on text, all graphics, all telephone numbers, email or other contact addresses. 1999 present date, inclusive. Material on this entire website is not for reproduction on any other website or in any other way without permission of Hedgeline.