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Hedgerow heroine

Sustainability

A shady place, thoughtful Mother’s Day gift, natural garden fences – plants, flowers and trees provide joy in many contexts.

They are an important part of our delicate eco-system, absorbing CO2 and providing fresh oxygen. What’s more, with careful planning we can use specific plants to manage environmental issues.

At least according to the latest research, which saw scientists investigate how different hedges help with pollution.

They identified a number of ‘super plants’, including the dense, hairy-leafed Cotoneaster, a CO2 sponge, which proved 20% more effective at absorbing pollution than other shrubs.

In a week, one meter of cotoneaster hedge will absorb the same amount of CO2 produced by a car travelling 800 kilometers.

A plant worth hedging!

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