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SPEP Mr G V Borgonon


Melbourn Area Youth Development Mr Derek Stewart


Tree Officer


Mrs J Montague Fuller is currently the Tree Officer. The Clerk is to check if she is still willing to continue. If not, then another representative will need to be found. The position does not have to be filled by a Parish Councillor.


Meldreth Parish Council


Maintaining Hedges The following notice has been taken from the RSPB website.


The RSPB recommend that the cutting of hedges and trees is avoided between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds.


It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. It will be an intentional act, for example, if you know there is an active nest in the hedge and still cut the hedge, damaging or destroying the nest in the process.


The above law serves to protect the nests. If a hedge needs trimming back and does not have any nesting birds in it, then there is no law preventing you from maintaining the hedge. The only concern is when birds are nesting.


If the hedge is dangerously overgrowing a public right of way (pavement) and contains nests then Health and Safety will overrule but advice should be sought from either the Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Department or the RSPB before any action is taken.


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