Posted: 02/02/2014 at 22:29
Cheers for thoughtful comments everybody, I actually found a photo of the same bit of hedge but about 2.5 months ago (the picture shows my wife looking longly in on the house we would finally get a few weeks later - hence two months ago getting the keys - see for sale sign still up).
The reason why I put it up is to say that it shows the hedge more in line with the wall/columns (but still protuding I do realise) - when we first saw the house the hedge was flush with the columns. I should also say the house is in a conservation area so not sure what that means in terms of the hedge (if we get things wrong with it???).
Have some thoughts on other parts of the garden - will take a few more photos and ask a few more question in time if thats okay ....