Mr Paterson called for a crackdown on imports, especially where native seeds are being sent abroad and then returned fully-grown.

“I’m not sure if we can treat plant and tree products as a free tradable commodity anymore. We had this crazy trade of sending seedlings to Holland and then bring them back and planting them here,” he told the Daily Politics.

“So I am prepared to have a very radical look at how we handle our forestry and our tree environment and how we handle the trade in those materials, which have up till now been completely free.”

Tim Briercliffe, Business Development Manager at the Horticultural Trades Association, said other species like oak, birch and chestnut are ‘grown on’ abroad.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9691461/Stop-crazy-import-of-native-trees-into-UK-orders-Paterson.html

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