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Nice to see a note of gentle cynicism creeping across Austin Williams' article on green roofs (AJ 07.07.05) like so much lichen.

Nature abhors a vacuum, but there's no danger of that developing in local government offices where it seems room can always be found for yet more consultants and soothsayers.

Plants and wildlife can and do thrive in urban environments. Planning departments and developers do not need 'biodiversity advisers' or whatever titles these latter-day witchdoctors choose to adopt, to design and develop a successful landscape. Their pay cheques could be better spent elsewhere.

Nature is quite capable of reclaiming what is rightly hers.

Mike Hedger, London SW2

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