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Could there be a derogation on hedge cutting this year?

Farm and forestry contractors have called for a hedge-cutting extension until March as spring storms continue to wreak havoc around the country

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Cutting hedges last week for a farmer in Tramore, Co Waterford

Cutting hedges last week for a farmer in Tramore, Co Waterford

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Special sports turf tyres to protect soft ground

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Cutting hedges last week for a farmer in Tramore, Co Waterford

The start of March usually means the end of the hedge-cutting season, but could it be that a derogation is on the way to allow an extra fortnight of cutting this year?

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors (FCI) has called for a hedge-cutting extension until St Patrick's Day this year given how the abnormal amount of rainfall and waterlogging prevented many hedgerows from being trimmed.

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"It is accepted that soils on many farms are saturated to the point of being waterlogged. This has brought field work to a standstill, especially in areas such as time-sensitive hedge management," says FCI National Chairman Richard White.


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