All the latest updates and information regarding plant health, pesticides, and legislation.
Growers in Wales have to tackle a huge variety of plant pests and diseases, many of which could cause significant crop damage if they were to become established here.
To prevent these potentially harmful pests spreading, a number of official controls, legislation, and restrictions on the import, movement, and keeping of specific plants, pests, and materials such as soil are in place. However, rules and regulations simply aren’t enough – protecting plant health needs to be a joint effort between the various government agencies or departments, growers and retailers across the horticulture sector, and the wider public too.
Here in Wales, responsibility for enforcing plant health policy lies with the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate, which falls under the jurisdiction of APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency), an executive agency of DEFRA.
With the increased global movement of plants, it is inevitable that the UK has to contend with the new spread of pests and diseases. Trees, forests, and woodlands are under greater threat from diseases such as Phytophthora ramorum and Chalara fraxinea, with a number of rules, restrictions, and policies put in place to mitigate these risks.
For more information, visit our Tree Disease section
Pesticides play a huge role in horticulture by enabling growers to use chemical or biological products to kill and control unwanted pests, weeds, or moulds. However, there are strict regulations on both the sale and use of these plant protection products.
For more detailed information, visit our Pesticides section.
Click here for factsheets with information about some of the most common plant and tree diseases in the UK.