Posted: 27/02/2017 at 20:48
Agreed. You could also make sure you include some Beech as it keeps its dead leaves until Spring. The hedges along our lane also include Gooseberries, very very prickly but productive. Much as I detest Roses, Rosa rugosa is a good hedging plant.
For a good thick hedge you would need to plant a double row, staggered. By that I mean that if you look straight down you would see a W shape where shrubs are planted at the points on the W. Hope that is clear.
You would need to buy some very thick gloves when it comes time to prune the hedge. I am still trying to remove splinters from when I trimmed our hedge a month ago.