‘Hedge rage’ legislation to be examined by Holyrood committee

Written by Kate Shannon on 20 February 2017 in News

MSPs will examine how the High Hedges (Scotland) Act has operated in practice

Hedge - Picture credit: libby rosof, Flickr

Legislation aimed at addressing ‘hedge rage’ between neighbours is to be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee.  

Holyrood passed the High Hedges (Scotland) Act in 2013 with the aim of resolving issues with overgrown hedges that interfere with the enjoyment of homes, gardens and local environments.

The committee will examine how the legislation has operated in practice and whether this could be strengthened.


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Committee convener Bob Doris MSP said: "While it can be a rare occurrence, overgrown hedges can be a serious nuisance – especially when they lead to disagreements or 'hedge rage' disputes between neighbours.

“What our committee wants to know is whether the Act is working in practice. We want to hear from those with experience in this area so that we can give a considered view to the wider parliament on whether or not the Act could be improved.”

The committee has launched a call for evidence asking a number of questions, including whether the definition of a high hedge as set out in the Act has proved helpful and inquiring into the positive or negative impact of the legislation on people’s lives.

The Act defines a "high hedge" as a row of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs which rises to more than two metres above ground level and forms a barrier to light.

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