Trees or hedging and foundations

5 Feb 2005
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United Kingdom
100yr old house on a hill. There are signs of historical movement / repaired cracks, however, no active movement or subsidence. Apparently to be expected for a house of this age / style. Very little in terms of foundations. Built on chalk.

On the downhill side of the property, there's 2m flat ground, a 2m drop, and 2m to the boundary fence. Ish. So a 4m straight line to the boundary, but, with a 2m drop midway.

The boundary fence is 2m high. However it may as well not be there as we still overlook into neighbour's garden and house.

I asked and neighbour agreed, to put 0.5m of tight trellis on the fence for screening and grow climbers.

However, I'd ideally like a row of trees or hedging. To make them useful, theyd need to be at least 2.5m high, ideally 3 to 4m.

Are there suitable, evergreen, tall growing trees or bushes that can be planted within 4m of foundations, on a hill, and not cause issues with ground heave / movement etc? Any roots will effectively be 4m away from, and, 2m under.

The road facing side of the house has 40m of 3m high laurel hedges.

Any advice appreciated.
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