Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:48
I agree that the trees should be removed, but as Hogweed says, it's unlikely you'll get anything to grow tall enough to screen the playground in the short term. Am I right in understanding that you intend to replace the fence in the photo with a wooden one (obviously this would not allow much light through). I would grow a mix of climbers and tall evergreen shrubs, to clothe the fence, bearing in mind the position is facing East. I have a Mahonia in this position at the end of my garden, which is an evergreen shrub with prickly leaves similar to Holly, and scented yellow flowers in winter. I also have a Ribes, which is deciduous and has pretty pink flowers in spring, attracting bees. I underplant with Hellebores, ferns, spring bulbs and primroses. There are a number of climbers to choose from, depending on your preference, (Clematis, Lonicera) which could be planted between the shrubs. Alternatively, if you don't have a wooden fence you could have a hedge - Hornbeam, Beech, Yew. Enjoy the planning!