HC Deb 12 April 1934 vol 288 c498W

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the rapid extension of growing fruit trees along public roads and railways abroad; whether he will consider taking steps to enable similar tree cultivation in this country; and whether he will recommend it to those public authorities concerned?


I am familiar with the practice adopted in some foreign countries, but the choice of trees for roadside planting in the United Kingdom depends upon such widely varying conditions of climate, subsoil, altitude, aspect, etc., that I do not think it would be wise to issue a general recommendation of the nature suggested, especially as the cultivation of fruit trees is a somewhat expensive matter, demanding continuous and skilled attention.