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Lords debates threats to native trees

13 February 2020

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The House of Lords will debate the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees in the UK on Thursday 13 February. Speakers include the chair of trustees for the National Community Land Trust and the president of the Kent Agricultural Society.

This is a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.

The debate was proposed by Lord Hope of Craighead (Crossbench), former chair of the Botanic Cottage Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and former President of the Supreme Court.

Members expected to take part include:

Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will respond on behalf of the government.

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