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How many trees have to fall before local councils see their significance?

The year turns inward now. The darkening dusks, the long shadows and the endless leaf-clearing leave few appealing opportunities for gardeners engaging in outdoor work.

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Angela Ahrendts spent more than seven years with Burberry, transforming it into a global luxury brand with a growing presence in emerging markets

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Chief executive could walk away with nearly £19 million

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