Posted: 15/07/2013 at 13:36
The first step I would take is to remove the ivy on the trunk. As there doesn't appear to be much in the garden I would be wary of removing the one feature there is.
I appreciate it is much too near to the fence and will ultimately damage it, but I am always loathe to cut down trees.
You can mow over the roots and any suckers that come up in the lawn.