OMG we have actually done it and removed the Leylandii hedge in an act of bravery. A lovely tree surgeon called Matt and 3 others did the job, and it took all day (it would have taken me & Andy about a year, and considerably more cursing!). Before the trees were gone, it was hard to appreciate how much depth the hedge took up, but it was over 3m in places. We are now considering what to do with this new space. Current plan is to put in a greenhouse, some prettier trees and some more flowers. I’ll post more pictures as we progress.