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Could you replace a fence with a hedge?

Do you need to replace a fence? Did some panels come down in the recent storms?

Consider replacing them with shrubs/ trees such as hawthorn, dogwood, forsythia, rowan or buddleia which will provide food and shelter for birds and insects and not blow down in future.

Or you can take out a few slats in existing fences which allows the high winds to blow through and reduces the risk that they will bring the fence down.