Rural – Jersey Country Life Magazine


This year sees the parishes of St Helier and St Brelade welcoming the Royal Court to inspect their parish accounts and roads on 7th August and 21st August respectively. The tradition of the Visite Royale dates back centuries and the Court will deal with any encroachments or impediments from neighbouring land onto parish land.

It is also the time of year for occupiers of property bordering public roads and public footpaths across the Island to trim back any vegetation if they want to avoid a fine of up to £100 for each infraction.

All hedges, branches and overhanging trees must be trimmed to ensure a clearance of 12 feet over roads and eight feet over footpaths with all cuttings and trimmings removed.

A minimum of 10cm vegetation should be left on hedges, walls and banks plus the Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group suggests checking for all wildlife before strimming begins.

‘If you find an injured hedgehog please pick it up with gloves and put it in a bucket, dustbin or box. If you disturb a nest with a mother and baby hedgehogs please cover it over with the material you have cut away and leave the area. If you need to move the family use gloves to pick up mum, then all the babies, place in a bucket, dustbin or box and cover with a much original net material as you can.’

In both cases phone the JHPG on +44 (0) 1534 734340 for immediate help or, if the hedgehog is injured, take it to the vet. For other wildlife phone the JSPCA on +44 (0) 1534 724331 or your vet for advice.

The 2024 Visites du Branchage and Visites Royale will take place on the following dates:-

Trinity                        Friday 28th June/Friday 6th September

St Lawrence              Wednesday 3rd July/Wednesday 4th September

St Saviour                  Wednesday 3rd July/Wednesday 11th September

St Brelade                  Thursday 4th July/ Thursday 19th September/Visite Royale Wednesday 21st August

St Martin                   Thursday 4th July/Thursday 5th September

St Mary                      Thursday 4th July/Thursday 5th September

St Ouen                      Thursday 4th July/Thursday 5th September

St Peter                       Thursday 4th July/Thursday 5th September

St Clement                 Friday 5th July/Friday 6th September

Grouville                   Friday 5th July/Friday 13th September

St John                       Friday 5th July/Friday 6th September

St Helier                     Friday 12th July/Friday 13th September/Visite Royale Wednesday 7th August

Charles Le Maistre demonstrates the branchage: see article in RURAL magazine Spring 2024 edition or



One Response

  1. Sir/Madam,
    It seems that the attitude to removing all cuttings & trimmings is one of Nil Point.
    Over the last couple of years, it now seems fashionable to leave it all to hopefully just blow away!
    Perhaps a report in the media of roads & or who’s responsible for not doing so could be published?
    Have a pride in our Island, please!

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