The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has secured a meeting with Lord de Mauley, Defra Minister to discuss seeking compensation for any financial losses that the industry incurs, following the outbreak of Ash dieback disease.
The HTA will meet Lord de Mauley on Tuesday to discuss the current government import and movement ban on ash trees.
Tim Briercliffe, Director of Business Development at HTA said:
We are delighted that Lord de Mauley has agreed to meet us. We believe that this is a specific case where the horticultural industry had warned the government of a potential outbreak, but now as a result of inaction the industry has to pay for it.
We would therefore like to see financial support from the government to cover the costs our members are now facing and loss of sales. We will pursue compensation for any financial losses that the industry incurs.
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