Gil every 25 years!!! That means I could leave those bushes for another 13 years
Before we moved to this house I always pruned the bushes/trees right back and sometimes cut the roots back as well ,something like what they do with bonsai trees and I have a silver birch tree in my garden which is over 30year sold and its only about 5 feet tall.
I really do think that I need to remove a lot of the bushes but I'll take a few cuttings from them first. That's something I cant resist doing is taking cuttings and gathering seeds from any fruit/flower/vegetable then planting them to see if they will grow . I once planted a peanut in its shell and it grew to be a lovely looking plant.
Just thinking about what has to be done has made me tired already!