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The Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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15.—(1) A farmer must not remove, destroy or damage drystane or flagstone dykes, turf and stone-faced banks, walls, hedges and hedgerow trees, boundary trees or watercourses which serve as boundaries to agricultural land without the prior written consent of–

(a)the Scottish Ministers; or

(b)by or under any enactment, another authority as shall be notified to the farmer by the Scottish Ministers when the farmer applies to them for consent.

(2) A farmer must not trim a hedge in the period beginning on 1st March and ending on 31st July, except only to the extent necessary for the purposes of road safety.

(3) Written consent under sub-paragraph (1) is not required to widen field entrances to enable access for livestock or farm machinery.

(4) In this paragraph “remove, destroy or damage” does not include–

(a)trimming a hedge; or

(b)lopping branches from hedgerow trees.

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