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Privacy height needed

Hi all
I had a large tree fall down during storm Dennis - appears it was hollow/rotten on the inside. We’ve had the tree removed and the small amount of hedging that it took down with it. 
Now we are looking to plant something new all the way along the fence line at the back. It’s not really for privacy, it’s more to stop us seeing the unsightly nhs building at the back beyond the fence. 
Looking for recommendations of things to plant that are over 6ft (fence height) ideally 8/10 foot, hardy and partial shade. Happy to look after something but we’ve got quite a big garden so looking for something relatively easy to maintain. The area we need to cover is unfortunately about 12m wide. 
Height is the main concern but happy to have a hedge! 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    Anything which will grow to 8-10 feet will probably want to carry on growing taller, so whatever you go for will require trimming. 
    Do you want a solid hedge? if so common laurel would work, or if you just want to disguise the view, some birch trees are less dense but will detract the eye from what's beyond. Clearly trees will be taller, but will give you height much more quickly.
  • Thanks Hostafan1. Trimming is okay. A hedge would be nice but I’m more concerned about covering that building that shows over the fence! 
    Any trees in particular you’d suggest? 
    What about bamboo? 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    Bamboo is a bit "marmite" lovers and haters. 
    Can you supply a photo of the garden? Hard to visualise otherwise
  • AstroAstro Posts: 419
    Just saw a good video on privacy on the middle sized garden YouTube channel. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645
    I'd go some rowans - they're native, easy to grow, don't get too big and great for wildlife as they have spring blossom, autumn fruits and good foliage colour and form throughout the season.   Amelanchier would be good too.

    However, if you want a hedge and have a good budget, go for some pleached trees - hornbeam, beech, catalpa, copper beech which will give you height but not a great deal of width.

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