Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:00
Good advice from obelixx Barber - in a couple of months your hedge will almost be back to normal as it's well established. I sympathise enormously and I think you've done the right thing by addressing it without any falling out. Your neighbour now knows where he stands. It seems an odd thing for him to do if there's no shade being cast on his own garden. Naughty of him anyway. Hopefully things will settle and he doesn't do anything similar in future.
Meant to add - it might be easier to erect a screen near your daughter's window as a temporary measure rather than try to screen the gap. I understand your feelings there - I have two girls (one just that age) Some tall annuals on canes in a large pot would do the job or even some of that bamboo on a roll attached to a couple of posts pushed into the ground if that's feasible - just to make her feel secure.