This afternoon I did what I think will be the last trim of the privet hedge at the rental house before we hand the keys back and I will be quite happy if it is my last trim of a privet hedge, full stop.
Why? In the UK it is a very common hedging plant because it is tough and evergreen. However, keeping it neat requires a fairly high level of maintenance and it isn’t brilliant for compost, feeding nectar loving insects or producing edible fruit. I’m glad not to have it among the panoply of plants at the new place and, having managed the privet hedge at the place in Oxford for the past decade, I’ll be happy not to grow it again – there are a lot of other plants that I’d rather have as a hedge than privet.