Posted: 18/09/2012 at 13:05
Thanks for your comments.
I think the soil in our area is quite acidic anyway (other gardens contains Azaleas, Acers etc) but I'm sure the hedge will have made it more so. I'm hoping to get the roots out, but I think my husband has other ideas!
I think my best bet will be to contact a fruit tree nursery and ask fro recommendations.