Fence versus privet hedge
We have a dilapidated and neglected-for-years by the previous house owner privet hedge running the length of our garden to one side. Having just had two huge silver birch trees cut down close by, the hedge now has exposure to plenty of sun (south facing garden) and the tree surgeon said cut back hard and it will regrow. Problem is, we can only cut it back hard on our side, the neighbour leaves his part to grow high and gangly. It looks very "woody" in the mid-section on our side, is being strangled by masses of ivy creeping through from next door and I can't face waiting months and months - if not years - for it to regenerate and get to a decent, screening height. My question is, would it be possible to put a strong, concrete based fence in front of it? I don't mind losing part of the boundary line at all as the border is huge where the hedge is anyway. Taking it out completely and fencing could cause issues with irritating neighbour next door! Some people have said the hedge could potentially push the fence down? Any advice to a novice gardener from all you green-fingered ones out there would be much appreciated !