Defra has introduced new legislation which came into force on 21 April 2020 and Wales will be endorsing this approach. The urgency and risk to plant health makes it necessary to bring in this legislation. The new legislation enhances the protection of UK plant biosecurity.
The new legislation particularly concerns the import of plants which are hosts to Xylella fastidiosa, the Emerald Ash Borer, and Ceratocystis platani which causes canker stain of plane. For example, under the new measures the import of Coffea and Polygala myrtifolia is prohibited, with stronger import requirements for other high-risk hosts (i.e Olive, Almond, Nerium Oleander, Lavender and Rosemary).
Defra has said that businesses need to be aware of the following:
Further information can be found through the UK Plant Health Information Portal and the new measure is described at https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/latest-news/new-national-measures-april-2020-and-xylella-consultation-response/
You can also see the press release at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/strict-new-controls-to-protect-the-uks-trees-and-plants-against-damaging-threats
New plant health regulations came in for the UK on 14 December 2019. These are to increase biosecurity and protection from plant pests and diseases. Businesses who sell plants and plant products need to be aware, and if relevant to them, act on these…4/9/2020 4:11:43 PM