Crosswort, Cruciata laevipes, I think though I've never grown this one myself so can't be 100% certain
That's how I see them iamweedy, big roots, buds at the surface.
I think I'd hesitate top tackle a 30year old. Needs more muscle that I've got
Planting too deeply may be the source of that myth chrissie, One of my paeonies has been moved twice in 2 years, It's flowering now.
I read about how that story arose but I can't remember what it was
grass is grass as far as I'm concerned but I like to see a bit of clover and other broadleaves as well.
It will regrow from rather invasive roots tom. But, on the plus side, the bees will love the flowers.
also a little envious. Martagon lilies grew well in my previous garden, pathetic specimens in the current one
Stachys sylvatica, Hedge Woundwort?
Is there any smell to those leaves?
Hawthorn is good, conifers generally haven't got much to offer wildlife.
The tree-shaped cotoneasters are good as well
A woodland area should be full of life, not death. Gardening is all about selective weeding. Nothing stands still.