Evergreen hedge screen
I need to plant a screen of approx. 15 meters in length, created by removal of several old sycamores due to an adjacent new house build on what was a bungalow site. I now wish to plant a screen in what will be an improved bank that will provide privacy during winter as well as the summer, hence the removal of the sycamores. I have been reading all my books and advice on line and I am considering planting a mixture of predominantly Cherry Laurel with perhaps the inclusion of Cotoneaster Franchetti, ? Escallonia "Iveyi" and a small section of Purple Beech. These choices only come about because although Laurel isn't my favourite it seems to be one of the fastest growing but I would like it to be a bit more interesting to look at and for the birds. Any views on whether my plant choices are totally wrong or would work, or indeed suggestions for alternatives if my ideas are rubbish, would be much appreciated. Many many thanks.