Kildare landowners have been warned by the council that they are breaking the law by not keeping their trees, shrubs or hedges in order, resulting in making some roads dangerous for motorists.
As vegetation begins to grow again in about a month's time, Kildare County Council have issued a warning to landowners to maintain any parts of their land that may be on the roadside. They have until March to cut or trim these hedges, before the Wildlife Act comes into affect and prevents people from doing so as animals will be present in green areas.
"Landowners and occupiers of properties which adjoin public roads are obliged under the Roads Act, 1993 to ensure that trees, shrubs, hedges or any other vegetation on their land are not, or could not, become a danger to people using or working on a public road," said a statement from the council.
"The maintenance of roadside trees, hedges and other vegetation is the responsibility of the landowner on whose land they are growing. Landowners should therefore ensure that trees, hedges or other vegetation are maintained in such condition that they are not a hazard to road users or that they do not interfere with the maintenance of the road. All reasonable care should be taken to ensure the safety of road users when this work is being carried out.
"Section 46(b) of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act, 2000 forbids the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of any vegetation growing in a hedge or ditch during the period 1 March to 31 August. Cutting of hedgerows can take place from September to February, when hedgerows are dormant."
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