C 'n' P from the Gardening topic... We're just about to buy our dream house, but it's on a major road (the South Circular, if I'm honest. We must be mad). What's going to be the best way to block out some of the noise and pollution? I thought maybe a hedge of something thick and fast-growing, that won't mind the clay soil. Privet (seems to do well here)? Laurel? I'd love yew, but it needs to be fast growing, as there's nothing there at the moment. I read somewhere that broad leaves cut out more sound than thin ones, or I'd be tempted by leylandii. Or maybe just a 5/6 foot brick wall would be best... I had intended a low wall, topped with iron railings, with the hedge behind it.
And has anyone got an opinion about whether it's better to get double-glazing or secondary glazing? We had been intending to get the latter, but someone just put a brick through our house-to-be's window (yup, a really nice bit of South London , so I'm caring less about preserving original Victorian windows right now... Any ideas, please?