I have a bit of a problem. I have a privet hedge at front of my garden which fronts on to a public footpath. The council have insisted it is cut back by 1 ft at least within the next two weeks. I am concerned that it will kill the hedge but don't really have much choice. Does anyone have experience of cutting back a privet hedge in early December. I just wonder how a privet hedge will cope with such a severe cut in winter? Please help.