The Green Party welcomes Minister Madigan’s discretionary decision which will see our roadside hedges protected from cutting this August.
Under the Heritage Act 2018, the power lies with the Minister to allow such cutting on a trial basis.
Speaking about the decision, the Green Party Spokesperson on Heritage Pippa Hackett, said:
“This is a positive step from the Minister, and with her Government declaring a Biodiversity Crisis earlier this year, this is a move in the right direction. Biodiversity doesn’t have time for pilot trials, and extending the cutting season to August will do nothing to improve our biodiversity.
“On the basis of Minister Madigan’s appreciation of the importance of nature and biodiversity, it would now be more fitting if we repeal the Heritage Act 2018, and instead examine ways of introducing proper protection of all our hedgerows as structures of heritage, in a similar manner in which old buildings and archaeological monuments are protected.”
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