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Trees and Hedgerows


Native Trees and Shrubs

It is important to plant trees that are suitable to local environmental site conditions. Where possible always use native species.

Native trees and shrubs:

  • support a wider range of plants and animals than introduced species
  • maintain local character and conservation value
  • are better adapted to and thrive in particularly harsh local conditions
  • are more likely to survive and flourish than most introduced species.

Native Trees and Shrubs pdf, 16kb

Tree Felling

The following information comes from The Forestry Act 1946.

Under Section 37 of the Forestry Act 1946, it is unlawful to uproot any tree over ten years old or to cut down any tree, unless notice is given in writing, in accordance with the Act. This notice must be given in the form of a Felling Notice.

This does not apply if

  • The tree is uprooted or cut down under the authority conferred by a limited felling licence or a general felling licence and during the period during which such authority is exercisable.
  • The tree is standing on land held by the Minister for the purposes of this Act
  • The tree is standing within 100 feet of any building other than a wall or temporary structure
  • The tree is cut down under section 34 of the Local Government Act 1925 or section 98 of the Electricity Supply Act 1927
  • The tree is uprooted or cut down by a local authority in connection with road widening or improvement schemes or, building or constructional work
  • The tree is certified by a local authority as dangerous to road traffic on account of age or condition
  • The tree is uprooted or cut down by direction of the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs on the ground that it is a danger or obstruction to telegraph or telephone wires.

If you have any doubts in relation to tree felling, contact should be made with the Felling Section of the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture & Food, Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford. Tel: 053-9160174


Hedgerows are an important habitat for many species in County Meath. Please see below for information on the value of hedgerows, and how best to conserve and rejuvenate them

Conserving Hedgerows pdf, 1,683kb

Hedgerow Rejuvenation pdf, 302kb

The Value of Hedgerows pdf, 285kb

New Farm Hedgerows pdf, 298kb

Routine Trimming pdf, 262kb

The Neighbourwood Scheme

The Neighbourwood Scheme is co-ordinated by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture and Food.

The scheme provides funding for woodland amenity areas or Neighbourwoods for local communities.

Funding is provided under three separate elements;

  • The establishment of new neighbourwoods
  • The improvement of existing neighbourwoods
  • The installation of recreational facilities into new or existing neighbourwoods

Further information on this scheme is available from the Forest Service, Johnstown Castle Estate Co. Wexford
Tel: 053-9160170.
A brochure on the Neighbourwood Scheme is available at 

Balrath Wood

An example of a Neighbourwood in Co. Meath is Balrath Wood.  The 50 acre woodland, has been developed through funding from the Forest Service NeighbourWood Scheme and Meath County Council as an amenity and educational resource.  In recent years, nature trails, car parking, picnic and interpretation facilities have been developed and the site is currently utilised as an ‘outdoor classroom’. Further information is available at

Launch of Balrath Wood Management Plan

Pictured above are members of the Balrath Wood Steering Committee at the Launch of the Management Plan for Balrath Wood.

Front row:  Cllr Jim Mangan, Cllr Nick Killian, Cllr Tommy Reilly and John McLoughlin (Balrath Wood Steering Committee)
Middle row: Tom Dowling (County Manager), Elizabeth Coveney (Balrath Wood Steering Committee), Dorothy Hayden (Balrath Wood Steering Committee), Marjan Boers (Balrath Wood Steering Committee) and Richard Donagh (Balrath Wood Steering Committee)
Back row:  Cllr Jim Holloway, Loreto Guinan (Balrath Wood Steering Committee), Conor Devane (Balrath Wood Steering Committee), John Simpson (Balrath Wood Steering Committee), Pascal Marry (Balrath Wood Steering Committee) and John McGovern (Balrath Wood Steering Committee)