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ref date:22 Mar 1999 (ENV)
Labour does something for greenbelt at last

Labour is to introduce new legislation this May (after it has finished fixing the Scottish parliament vote) to help preserve more of the ancient and not so ancient hedgerows in England and Scotland.

For years farmers have ripped these up to ease access by large pieces of farm machinery and this has destroyed valuable wildlife habitat.

The new laws will make it far harder for farmers to destroy this necessary part of the ecosystem.