Posted: 11/09/2013 at 22:04
Ooooh so many things you could replace the outer fence with. Try things like winter flowering honeysuckle shrub. for really early flowers for emerging bees.
Osmanthus Delavayi. Evergreen, early, tough as old boots
Both of them have wonderful scent too.
If you can find one and are willing to spend a bit of money and wait a few years then Cornus mas veriegata. It flowers early then foliage is lovely crisp white and green then red cherry like berries that the birds love.