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LATEST: Site last updated 30th June 2016

The HLAI Hedgeducation Trailer will be at the Ballina Heritage Day 13th July - see events page.

Heritage Bill 2016 rears its head again.
Heather Humphreys, TD, intends to resurrect the regressive Heritage Bill 2016, which includes proposed extensions to the dates for hedgecutting and for upland burning.
The case has been made to the minister regarding the structural damage to the hedge that could be caused by earlier cutting times, along with the impacts on wildlife of removing the fruits and habitats contained within the hedgerow as well as the fact that several Red-listed birds, including Curlew and Yellowhammer would be badly hit by such changes. The Minister chooses to ignore this advice, without presenting any scientific rationale in support of her position.

The Hedge Laying Association will continue to campaign against the proposed changes Please, sign our petition calling for this bill to be scrapped. See the link on our Links page.

The HLAI take this opportunity to point out that there have been NO CHANGES to the prescribed dates for cutting hedges and the burning of uplands. Hedge cutting ended on 29th February and burning in March is still prohibited. There are many rumours to the contrary circulating but they are unfounded and anyone acting on them will be in breach of the law.


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HLAI Secretary Mark McDowell interviewed on RTE Countrywide (6th February) on proposed changes to hedge cutting dates in the Wildlife Act.

Over 16,000 people have signed a petition to oppose these changes. There is still time to register your support.

The IFA are wrong on this. In the interview IFA spokesman Harold Kingston said that this is "purely for the cutting of one years growth and that’s what’s contained in the Bill that was published".
However Part 3, Section 8, 2 of the new Heritage Bill permits the “cutting, grubbing or destroying otherwise” of hedgerows in August – hardly just “one years growth”. It is a licence for significant habitat disturbance and destruction.

It is very difficult to see any way that the proposed changes can have anything other than a negative impact on birds or other wildlife at such a critical time of the season.

There has been a lack of dialogue and genuine participation of all stakeholders in the Review of Section 40 of the Wildlife Act carried out by Minister Heather Humphries which led to these proposed changes.

This has been a flawed process from the start. It is time for this section of the Heritage Bill to be scrapped and all parties get together around the table and discuss Sustainable Hedgerow Management with a clean slate.

Association Membership subscriptions for 2015/16 fell due on 1st September!

Hedgerows - SoilSavers Poster and references added to Resources page, listed under Hedgerows-SoilSavers

New research paper on hedgerow rejuvenation added to Resources page - "Re-structuring hedges"

The HLAI have established a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hedgelayingie, with a link available to it on our Links page.


HLAI Hands On Hedges DVD available direct from hlai@eircom.net €12 (plus €3.25 p+p)

Contact number for Northern Ireland enquiries 0044 (0)7591 405275

We would like to acknowledge the financial support received from the Irish Environmental Network