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LEYLANDII - NEW ADVICE ON TAMING THE MONSTER

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A new voluntary code of practice will provide better information on planting and growing leylandii, environment min...
A new voluntary code of practice will provide better information on planting and growing leylandii, environment minister Alan Meale has announced.

A new leylandii working group - with representatives from the horticultural industry, local government, and consumer interests - have given their support to drawing up a voluntary code of good practice for garden centres, nurseries and other outlets. It will include guidance on how to pass on practical information about the growth potential of these and other trees and about the work needed to maintain them as a hedge, so that people know what they are taking on before they buy.

Mr Meale said: 'My postbag is evidence of the real distress caused by neighbour disputes over leylandii and other high garden hedges. In most cases, the problems occur because people simply do not realise how fast and tall these trees can grow or that they must cut them back each year to make a good hedge.

'Better advice and information in garden centres, supermarkets and anywhere these plants are sold, should help to ensure that we do not store up more problems for the future.

'I appreciate this will provide little in the way of comfort to those caught up in disputes about existing trees and hedges; we have not yet ruled out some form of government intervention in those cases. We are considering carefully the issues involved and will announce our conclusions in due course.'
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