Posted: 01/03/2014 at 20:34
No, but I would look carefully at a) the Ph of the soil you hope to replant after removal of the rhodies, and see what will grow happily there, and b) consider resting it and giving it a good feed and water, as such large plants must have reduced the fertility of the soil in that area. Adding some organic well rotted manure will help recondition the soil, and give better drainage.
There are many attractive and wild life friendly plants that would suit such a situation, but much depends upon what you really want. Some things stay quite small, but if you want to replace the old plants with ones that will become the same size as those you are removing, you'll need to look well at that too.
Why do you want yews particularly? They are lovely as a mature hedge it is true, and can be shaped well, but they do take their time getting to a biggish size. May be you would consider a mixed boundary with British native plants, imagine sloes, blackthorn, dog roses, willow, hazel etc., all looking lovely with flowers at differing times, and full of wildlife? Just a thought …………..