Posted: 09/04/2013 at 21:31
Another option would be laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus). It's evergreen, pretty quick growing, doesn't require much pruning and, in fact, if it isn't pruned too much will produce white flowers followed by berries. Not too fussy either, will tolerate sun or shade and most soils (although I don't think it is keen on chalk?). Better than Leylandii anyway.