Minimising a mature hedge?
I have a hedge that's about 10ft tall and 4ft wide and I want to chop it down and replace it with a fence and use the space to turn the area into a vegetable bed.
My neighbour has expressed a strong desire for the hedge to remain. I don't know why because it's leggy and dead in parts and they see very little if it. They don't seem bothered about privacy.
In an attempt to compromise I'm wondering if I could make the hedge as little as 1-2ft wide by chopping at the base and leaving only the vertical wood in place.
Then I'd chop it to about 3ft high in the hope it grows back to 6ft.
Privacy is important to me so I'd hope it would thicken up again but within its new confines.
Its a common species. Evergreen with small dark green 1-2cm leaves.
Any advice appreciated. Thanks.