Sir: The hobby landscapers and weekend ecologists who denigrate Leylandii (report, 21 January) have no concept of the scale of damage which is being inflicted on the countryside by exposure, wind-blow and soil erosion.
The only trees which can hold their own in the deteriorating conditions are trees like Leylandii. They must be planted as nurse crops to enable the original indigenous species to be replanted with a chance of survival. My family and I have been able to use Leylandii to shelter plantings of hazel, elder, blackthorn and dog rose which in turn have led to recolonisation by endangered dormice, along with more common wildlife.
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