I am looking at replacing a delapidated fence with a 45 degree lean at the bottom of my garden with a wildlife friendly hedge. Thorny hedges are out of the question, so I am looking at either beech or hornbeam, as they still offer a degree of winter screening. My garden is south facing and opens onto cornfields, hence the natural look rather than conifer. My question is which do I choose? Does anybody know how long they will take to establish and does anyone have any preference. I am looking at buying bare rooted plants ASAP.
Your help and advice would be greatly appreciated