Mayo County Council is reminding people that hedges and trees on the edge of private property are the responsibility of the occupier or owner. Greenery mustn't block road signs or street lights, or block views at junctions.

In an effort to raise awareness on tree and hedge cutting, the authority is reminding landowners that they should avail of the few weeks left in the open season for hedge cutting until February 29.

Under the Roads Act of 1993 landowners are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not a danger to people using or working on a public road or public footpath and that liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the landowner/occupier.

Between March 1 and August 31, 2020, hedge cutting is not permissible, especially since this is the main bird breeding season. However, there are exceptions, such as when the hedge overhangs a highway, road or footpath over which there is a public or private right of way and the overhanging hedge obstructs the passage of, or is a danger to, vehicles, pedestrians or horse riders.

Director of Services, Tom Gilligan told Midwest News today that hedge cutting and vegetation burning is prohibited from March 1 through to August 31, “to protect wild birds during the nesting and breeding season so we are reminding land occupiers or owners to avail of the remaining weeks to cut back hedges which border roadways in the interest of Safety.”

The Council is also reminding landowners and occupiers that notices may be served on those who do not comply with their statutory obligations.