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GOVT PUBLISHES LONG DELAYED HEDGEROWS PROTECTION BILL

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The government publishes its much-delayed hedgerow legislation today, reports Radio 4's Farming Today programme. ...
The government publishes its much-delayed hedgerow legislation today, reports Radio 4's Farming Today programme.

Landowners and farmers will face fines of up to £5,000 for ripping out historic hedges and those containing rare plant species.

The new law protects parish boundaries; boundaries of estates dating back to pre-1600; and boundaries of pre-enclosure field systems.

A fifth of all hedges are expected to qualify for protected status.
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