Hello, this is my first post and hopefully you guys can give me some advice. At the bottom of my modest garden I have a substantial "wall" of conifers, I believe leylandii cypress? The plus points are that they provide excellent privacy, as another garden backs onto ours and only a 6ft fence stands between us both. I'd imagine they also serve as a bit of soundproofing from the neighbours at the back, something you'd probably notice after you took them down!
The problem is that I have an east facing garden, meaning in the evening when we're typically going to be sitting outside, the sun is at the bottom of the garden, on the conifers. Not only this, they're approximately 7ft deep meaning I lose nearly a quarter of my garden length to these things! In an ideal world, I'd like to take them out and have a decked area to sit on down the bottom, however I like their privacy qualities and wondered what would be a good less obtrusive alternative that wouldn't take up so much space front to back but provide good privacy and height, perhaps on trellis, on top of the 6ft fence at the bottom.
I've attached a picture if it helps.