Hedges and ditches

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on hedges and ditches. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

10.03.2010Dealing with nuisance trees and hedges
This note sets out the options available to homeowners to deal with nuisance trees and hedges. It includes details of high hedges legislation

Research Papers

07.03.2001High Hedges Bill (Bill 13 of 2000-01)
High Hedges Bill (Bill 13 of 2000/01). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/20.
25.03.1999The control of high hedges
The control of high hedges. House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/35.

POST Papers

15.10.2014Diffuse Pollution of Water by Agriculture
Water pollution regulation is devolved in the UK. Surface, coastal and ground waters in England suffer from significant pollution problems: 78% of surface and groundwater bodies fail to meet the 'good' ecological status prescribed by the EU Water Frameworks Directive. Pollution increases water treatment costs and adversely affects wildlife. Compared to treatment, preventing water pollution at source can have a cost-benefit ratio as high as 1:65. This POSTnote describes the contribution of agriculture to water pollution, and measures that can be taken to reduce it.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses