I have a garden that has slowly been overshadowed by trees. They have had a lack of proper pruning over the years and one is particlarly close to the house. By my nature, I am reluctant to cut down any trees unless required, but it may be that in this situation there are too many large trees in too small an area. I have had tree surgeons out who have quoted for crown reduction, but some suggested it may be a better idea for removal (they were not cowboys, but properly registered surgeons). So I thought I would garner some thoughts on here. The trees consist of: 1x large Copper beech (this is saying) 1x Contoneaster which is not in the best of health 1x Ornamental plum (closest to house and a bit ungainly) There is also some conifers that are certainly going and small light leaf maple which may be moved. The tree in question is the Ornamental Plum. As i said, I am usually very reluctant to remove a tree, but it has not been well maintained or shaped. The other option is a careful crown reduction etc. This tree has a tendency to sprout new growth heavily when pruned. Thoughts? Many thanks in advance. Below is a birds eye view of the trees with the trunks and their corresponding crown spread. Red is the Ornamental Plum, green is the Copper Beech, and yellow is the Contoneaster. What would you do?