Posted: 25/10/2017 at 12:56
They certainly do not do any harm to the ground.
I had a 100 ft row of 28 and they were about 28 years old but were kept at 7’ tall.
We sawed them off about a foot from the base, then with a mattock, pickaxe and heavy duty loppers we set too to get them out. This was wintertime. We just did it bit by bit and by Spring had got the lot out.
We then put plenty of chicken pellets in the ground, and in that Spring I planted it up with cuttings and seeds I had grown, I bought Pack of 12 bare root shrubs for £20.. from Amazon and put those at the back.
Heres the before and after pic, it can be done, bit of hard work, and I must admit, you do need a man, 😱😀.