Posted: 01/03/2016 at 20:28
I think you'll have to compromise a little Lyn.
A good trick is to use small trees or hedging shrubs but leave gaps to allow views to the landscape beyond. The two I mentioned have airy canopies so it's not like having something completely solid. Birches are good for that too. Hawthorn also provides a good windbreak - you could have hawthorn hedging along the entire length of the fence with a few groups of something taller to give some relief.
It also depends how much depth you have to the border. The more space you make, the better the variety and amount of planting you can put in, especially in the areas which have the most shelter.