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Tree Planting

Part of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

The Minister has talked a lot about planting trees, but made no mention of where those trees will come from; in other words, will they be sourced within the UK or will we be importing them, which will have an impact not only on employment but on the importation, as we have seen previously, of pests and diseases? Will the Minister therefore give long-term contracts to the horticultural industry so that it can rapidly ramp up the production of seedlings, for the sake of the British economy and as a health and safety measure ?