Posted: 14/11/2013 at 21:57
Have you thought of a native hedge? Sloe, hawthorn, field maple etc. They are berried, good for humans and wild life. You can plant in those tree protector tubes.
We inherited a laurel down each side of our garden, not a pretty hedge and not easy to cut. We pruned by hand and it only had a couple of blackbird nests. We cut it back and hubby dug out the roots. Hard work but worth it. We put up bird boxes and climbing plants on the fence that was behind and have tits, wrens and robins nesting.
The conifer hedge we inherited at the bottom of the garden hubby cut back to 6ft from 30ft. That is a much better backdrop for my plants and much easier to cut with the hedge trimmer. It is beginning to brown so we are thinking we may have to remove it eventually and will replace with a mixed native hedge.