Hi, I am new to gardening so would very much appreciate your advice. We bought our first house last Nov, at the front there is a well established privet hedge divided with our neighbour. Since we moved in we have not done any maintenance on our side. I assumed this was a once year thing but on looking this up have seen that we really should have trimmed it 2 or 3 times this year already.. Although this would have been difficult as until recently there were several nests in it. I have checked with our neighbour and they are happy for us to sort our side out. As it's been left to its own devices for at least a year it has grown quite far into our garden about 50-75cm beyond where I'd ideally like it. I'd really like to prune it as far back as possible, but I'm not sure how to go about this. Although it looks green and healthy (to me anyway) all the leaves are only on the first few cms. Behind this is simply a mass of branches. i don't know where to start in pruning it back, what should I be taking out and leaving? And if we cut it back to the bare branches, removing the leaves will it recover and grow new leaves or will we be left looking at bare branches forever?