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May I ask the use you intend to put the land to please - i.e. the purpose for which you intend the land?
Thanks. Planning law does not expressly define what plants can and can't be grown on agricultural land. Rather planning law concerns itself with the overall use of the land in question. You can carry out agriculture on land designated as agricultural land - perhaps obviously. ‘Agriculture’ is defined as: “horticulture, fruit growing, seed growing, dairy farming, the breeding and keeping of livestock (including any creature kept for the production of food, wool, skins or fur, or for the purpose of its use in the farming of land) the use of land as grazing land, meadow land, osier land, market gardens and nursery grounds and the use of land for woodlands where that use is ancillary to the farming of land for other agricultural purposes.
What the planning authority will take exception to is an arrangement on the land whereby its appearance is consistent with residential garden rather than agricultural land. This does not mean you cannot plant some bushes and trees for visual improvement of the land providing such purpose is incidental to the primary use of the land for agricultural purposes as defined above.
If however the primary purpose of the land appears to be one of a garden rather than agricultural purpose, you may fall into difficulties with the planners. It is normally quite easy to distinguish a residential garden from agricultural land. This does not mean that the two may not share some common features.
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Does the above answer all your questions or is there anything I can clarify or help with any further?
I can see no reason why this would be an issue in and of itself. There is nothing that prohibits you making agricultural land look visually attractive providing the principal use remains agricultural.
If the hedge would be adjacent to a road, there can be issues with regards XXXXX XXXXX over 1m in height but this is a separate consideration to the agricultural element.
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