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Some might remember when the AJ mailed out some seeds to subscribers a few years ago, with the rejoinder to 'give something back to the environment, to compensate for what you take out'.

Out of 100 or so seeds in the packet a few germinated, but only one hardy individual persisted. After many years of extremely slow growth, it suddenly took off about five years ago and now puts on more than a foot of growth a year. It's now a 12ft-high specimen of some type of evergreen, which is rapidly outgrowing everything in my and the neighbours' fairly small gardens. Any idea what species of tree the seeds were from? I might just about be able to live with a pine, but a giant redwood? Er. . . no.

Roy Desouza, associate, WSP Development & Transportation

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