Posted: 10/11/2015 at 10:44
We have not long taken out a similar hedge, they had been in for 28 years, a 100' run off them. We cut them down with a chain saw, then just picked around the roots, using a mattock and iron bar. It's easier with two people as one can wiggle and the other can chop the roots as they show.
The whole lot did come out, although it took a fair few weekends! That was in winter of 2013, it's been planted up for two years now and we think it's the best thing we could ever had done. They are horrible boring trees. Heres a photo of it this Spring, it's second year, just to encourage you