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Editor's blog Friday 8 April 2011: The lean green DH

Independent deputy political editor Nigel Morris has a funny little story about the DH leading the Whitehall pack.

Just not quite in the ideal manner.

He reports, "The biggest spender on greenery is Andrew Lansley’s Department of Health, which is seeking efficiency savings of £20bn from the NHS over the next four years. It paid £12,383.30 between May 2010 and this March for plants and trees for its 'core headquarters estate'."

This apparently represents the DH having "significantly” cut its monthly spending on plants and trees from £1,426.96 to £598.77 when its facilities management contract was switched to a new company.

It's a non-story, of course - but a funny non-story.