484. Criteria for determining important hedgerows.

A hedgerow1 is 'important' if it, or the hedgerow of which it is a stretch, has existed for 30 years or more2 and satisfies at least one of the following criteria3:


    (1)     the hedgerow marks the boundary, or part of the boundary, of at least one historic parish or township4;


    (2)     the hedgerow incorporates an archaeological feature which is either included in the schedule of monuments compiled by the Secretary of State under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 19795 or it is recorded at the relevant date in a sites and monuments record6;


    (3)     the hedgerow is