Sunday, 9 January 2011
Network Rail's Leylandii Line?
News that the builders plan to line the sides of the new high speed line from London to Birmingham with trees initially brought to mind Napoleon's innovative planting of the Chausseés to provide shade for his marching troops (or to extend the courtesy to the invading Huns, as some cruel wits have it). However, a moment's thought will remind us of that curse of rail operation, 'leaves on the line', which rules out deciduous species. I can only conclude therefore that Network Rail are planning to plant that curse of suburban gardens the Leylandii in two continuous lines half way up the country, not only effectively screening the line but providing
passengers customers with an uninterrupted view of nothing but manky dark green-brown foliage during their journey. Only in England.