Posted: 27/07/2016 at 09:16
tasha - it's your garden, that's the point. It has to work for you. If the hedge was that high, you could easily have had neighbours complaining about the height! Such is the way of things.
I would never normally recommend replacing hedges with fences, but there are times when it has to happen. The neighbours who have enjoyed thirty years of someone else's time and effort in maintaining the hedge have just got the hump because they're now out of their comfort zone. If they want a hedge - they can plant one and put the effort in
The people who bought my childhood home have taken out the entire beech hedge which my Dad planted and replaced it with a rather horrible fence. But it's their garden so that's how it is - it's none of my business.
There are plenty of other ways to encourage wildlife in your garden anyway, which will be less time consuming for you and just as rewarding. Good luck with it all