What quick-grow­ing hedge can I bet on?

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I need a fast-grow­ing hedge. Any sug­ges­tions please? – Henry, via email DAVID: Ley­landii is fa­mously speedy but will need con­stant trim­ming to keep it un­der con­trol. It can re­ally shoot up if not tended prop­erly.

For some­thing eas­ier to man­age try Thuja pli­cata (above), also called western red cedar.

As Bri­tain’s na­tional fruit, ap­ples have been grown in our green and pleas­ant land for cen­turies. We’ve baked them in crum­bles, roasted them with pork and bot­tled them as cider.

De­spite fancier fruits put­ting in an ap­pear­ance on our su­per­mar­ket shelves, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that is as ver­sa­tile and pop­u­lar as the hum­ble ap­ple.

As well as be­ing so tasty, ap­ples are also burst­ing with a wide range of health ben­e­fits.

They con­tain vi­tal vi­ta­mins and nutri­ents, as well as an­tiox­i­dants – which have a range of ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing help­ing to lower the risk of stroke, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and, re­port­edly, even Alzheimer’s.

So an ap­ple a day re­ally can help keep the doc­tor at bay.

On top of all that, just think how much sweeter those ap­ples will taste if they’re picked from your own tree.

What’s more, the trees them­selves can make an at­trac­tive fo­cus in the

Best time to plant is from late Novem­ber up un­til early March

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