Hedges bordering a public road must be cut back between the 1st and 15th of June and between the 15th and 30th of September annually so that they do not overhang a road or pavement below the height of 12 feet (3.65 metres). Ideally, hedges should be cut sloping away from the road. By law, all cuttings must be cleared up immediately.  


Streams and douits are inspected twice a year, normally at the time of hedge inspection by the Douzeniers. It is the landowner’s responsibility to ensure that the water flow is not restricted and is flowing freely.


The Constables and Douzeniers will be carrying out hedge and stream inspections directly following the mandatory hedge cutting dates in mid-June and early October to ensure that hedges have been correctly cut and steams appropriately cleared.


Failure to correctly maintain streams and hedges can incur a fine of £50 and £5 per day thereafter.