Hedge cutting depends on the species or specific requirements.
The frequency will change where hedges encroach footpaths or block access points or highways. They are then cut as required.
The schedule of cutting is:
- beech, once a year in July
- conifer, once a year in July
- laurel, once a year in August
- privet, three times each year in May, July and September
- mixed species, once a year in February to avoid nesting birds
- small ornamental species such as Box, Lonicera and Yew are cut as required to retain their shape or form
If a privately owned hedge is affecting footpaths or the highway it can be reported to Cumbria County Council on 0300 303 2992.