A friend of mine who is working for a big gardening center helped me lately to cut my green waste for the compost and realized the branches were Privet. He claimed a Privet-Hedge would be a "living desert". No other species can grow there and most animals avoid it as it's a bad breeding round. It's flowers and berries are practically useless.

Is that true? Can someone confirm or recommend an improvement? (I don't want to cut down the whole hedge either)

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    Where in the world are you? Answers may depend on whether it's native, provides equivalent resources to a native species, or is completely alien (I know, for example, that some common birds will nest in it in the UK) – Chris H May 18 at 12:15
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    I think you might get better answers over on Gardening.SE, unless there's a specific sustainability focus here. – LShaver May 18 at 16:37
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    Deer love to eat the large privet -ligustrum. Bees also love the flowers. – blacksmith37 May 19 at 1:16
  • This is wrong here in France. Lots of weeds, birds and bugs all around. You might be talking about some other shrub. Are you talking about Prunus laurocerasus? or anything else? – J. Chomel May 22 at 14:07
  • @J.Chomel - I was recommended to use Whitethorn (Crataegus ) instead – Qohelet May 25 at 18:06

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