The detection of hedges is a very important task for the monitoring of a rural environment and aiding the
management of their related natural resources. Hedges are narrow vegetated areas composed of shrubs and/or
trees that are usually present at the boundaries of adjacent agricultural fields. In this paper, a technique
for detecting hedges is presented. It exploits the spectral and spatial characteristics of hedges. In detail,
spatial features are extracted with attribute filters, which are connected operators defined in the mathematical
morphology framework. Attribute filters are flexible operators that can perform a simplification of a grayscale
image driven by an arbitrary measure. Such a measure can be related to characteristics of regions in the scene such
as the scale, shape, contrast etc. Attribute filters can be computed on tree representations of an image (such as the
component tree) which either represent bright or dark regions (with respect to their surroundings graylevels).
In this work, it is proposed to compute attribute filters on the inclusion tree which is an hierarchical dual
representation of an image, in which nodes of the tree corresponds to both bright and dark regions. Specifically,
attribute filters are employed to aid the detection of woody elements in the image, which is a step in the process
aimed at detecting hedges. In order to perform a characterization of the spatial information of the hedges in
the image, different attributes have been considered in the analysis. The final decision is obtained by fusing the
results of different detectors applied to the filtered image.