Peer calls for vigilance to mitigate overseas threat

In a keynote speech to the conference, Conservative peer Lord Framlingham called for vigilance in the face of exotic pest and disease threats to Britain's trees. "We must grow more of what we can grow and put in place a strict regime to stop trees being imported then planted straight away. They may go straight to the consumer or be sold to garden centres off the back of a lorry," he warned.

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