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Call for native trees

by
31 January 2014

by a staff reporter

SHUTTERSTOCK

GARDENERS are being urged to write to their local garden centre to ask it to stock only plants and trees grown in Britain, in order to reduce the risk that new diseases will ravage flora.

Christian Ecology Link (CEL) is encouraging people to take action to limit the risk of more diseases, such as ash dieback, which is now attacking ash trees, from entering the UK. Another way to limit the risk is to choose to buy much smaller trees, which are less likely to harbour pests and diseases.

It said: "When 17th- and 18thcentury plant-hunters like Joseph Banks returned from long sea voyages to introduce new species to England, they little knew the consequences of the trend they would inspire. During the years which have followed, the international plant trade has allowed many and diverse pests and diseases to cross the world."

CEL has drafted a letter for individuals to use. It is available at www.greenchristian.org.uk.

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