The main arch through to the back of the garden has been rebuilt. This meant that a clematis had to be cut back severely. A pheasant has now found this to be a good perch and sits there for hours preening and calling, then sitting hopefully, waiting for company. I haven't seen any as yet!
The side border has been completely cleared and replanted. With so many trees around their roots get everywhere, and offer much competition for nearby plants. It will be interesting to see how this border develops. We been given various plants for Christmas including two small abelias and an acer, and a number of nerines have also been included as this area gets quite a lot of sun. It's  now a question of "watch this space"! 
The plants that were removed have not been ditched but replanted elsewhere.