Notice to owners and occupiers of land - Roadside Trees, Ditches and Hedges

Released: 08 September 2011

Take notice that under the terms of the Roads Act, 1993, landowners and occupiers of land are obliged to take all reasonable care to ensure that the trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation growing on their land are not or could not become a danger to people using or working on a public road.

Liability for damage or injury resulting from such hazards will rest with the Landowner/Occupier.

Examples of hazards might be dead or dying trees, ditches or hedges interfering with traffic, blocking footpaths, obscuring road signs or obscuring a view of the road ahead.

You are required to fell, cut, log, trim or remove such trees, ditches and hedges.

Hedgecutting operations, as far as possible, should only be undertaken outside the critical nesting period of 1st March to 31st August.

Adequate signposting should be provided.

Landowners/occupiers are also reminded of their duty under the Roads Act, 1993 to facilitate the drainage of water from public roads and also to prevent water, soil or other matter from flowing or falling onto public roads especially at entrances to fields and farmyards.

Failure to comply with these obligations is an offence liable to prosecution.



Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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