Robin Maynard, campaigns director for the Countryside Restoration Trust, was not surprised tree disease was at a record high before ash dieback arrived.

He blamed the globalisation of the plant trade that is bringing in new diseases from abroad and the trend for “instant landscaping” that means gardeners demand exotic fully-grown trees.

“The horticultural trade has increased massively but inspection and biosecurity measures have not,” he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9678776/Ash-dieback-came-after-tree-disease-already-at-record-high.html

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