Posted: 21/10/2014 at 13:24
You have near enough blank canvas there Dean, which is good.
The conifer will come out with a bit of work, they are quite shallow rooted, we took a row out in the winter, it will be messy but you can clear that up.
We used an iron bar and a mattock, just keep digging the soil from around then hack, then use the bar. You can cut the roots with a big set of secateurs.
Hornbeam hedge will be good down the fence side but if its open plan there may be a height restriction on the road frontage.
Ask any questions you want, someone will know, there are a lot of very experienced gardeners on here.