Posted: 01/08/2014 at 10:18
Glad you like the idea & fully understand your need to seek privacy in your garden - we have a similar problem & have found the hazel panels a good solution in a rural environment. They should last a good few years (by which time any other shrubs should be large enough for at least some screening).
I was thinking of wooden poles abt 2 -3" diameter (I think these are about £3 each from our local fencing / shed supplier).
If you found the cost of putting up panels across the whole of the boundary too daunting would 2 or 3 strategically placed ones help solve the problem?
Other plants I had thought of if you want a natural / woodland type affect include hawthorn & blackthorn. Hawthorn, in particular, will grow quite quickly & seems to grow in most spots including under trees - so you could, perhaps, have 2 or 3 panels strategically placed for privacy with some hawthorns filling in the gaps at the sides.
If you want to maintain hawthorn as a hedge you can (although not nice with all the spines) or, if you have the space you can leave it to do it's own thing. There are quite a few online companies selling very cheap native hedging whips (or you might have a local nursery) which is a very cheap way of doing hedging (but they still take a few years to grow).
Blackthorn, of course, will eventually give you sloes. Sloe gin at Christmas - yum