Over a thousand plastic trees, shrubs, and flowers have been planted along a Los Angeles road -- because smog is damaging real vegetation.
LV & CU Plastic trees on roadside
SV & CU Workman takes plastic tree off lorry and plants it in ground
CU Metal clip holding branches onto trunk
CU Workmen drilling hole for another plastic tree
CU Cement placed in hole
CU Shrubs planted in cement (3 shots)
CU Plastic flowers 'in bloom' at roadside
LV Traffic passing plastic shrubbery
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Background: Over a thousand plastic trees, shrubs, and flowers have been planted along a Los Angeles road -- because smog is damaging real vegetation. Nature conservation groups have objected to the scheme, but Los Angeles Country officials claim that motorists drive too fast to know the difference. Besides, they say, the plastic vegetation is guaranteed against fading, cracking, peeling... or dying.
SYNOPSIS: In the United States of America, Los Angeles Country officials in california favour brightening up roadsides with a bit of shrubbery - trees, flowers, and so on. But smog damages real vegetation -- the sort manufactured by nature -- which tends to die or shed its leaves. So now, over a thousand plastic trees and flowers have been planted alongside one Los Angeles road -- and are guaranteed against fading, peeling, cracking, shedding leaves or dying. Conservation groups have objected -- but officials say motorists drive too fast to notice the difference anyway. Only one problem remains -- rust tends to attack the metal used to make the tree-trunks.