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Biosecurity Crash Course for Garden Designers

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A distilled briefing on the biosecurity crisis, focusing solely on those aspects relevant to the designer.

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Presented by Mike Robinson, Plant Health & Seeds Inspector at the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Defra

Plant biosecurity has become a critical issue for the UK in recent years. Xylella fastidiosa, with its wide spectrum of host species, has been ravaging continental Europe for some time, and Oak Processionary Moth caterpillar, with it's highly irritant hairs, has this year started popping up all over the UK. One need only reflect on the impact of the introduction of Dutch Elm Disease many years ago to appreciate the gravity of the situation. Vigilance is absolutely imperative for anyone who specifies, sources, grows or trades in plant material, especially if any of that material has passed through continental Europe. But what form, specifically, should that vigilance be taking? What should one be looking out for? What are the current regulations and restrictions? What is the current recommended best practice?

This 'crash course' focuses solely on those aspects of biosecurity that have relevance for the garden designer, landscaper, property developer, or anyone involved in the specification, sourcing or handling of plants on a planting site. Topics covered include:

• Key pests and diseases to be watching for, and what to look for (i.e. Xylella, OPM etc.);

• Regions in the UK currently affected by these pests and diseases and what the implications of that are if you are planting in one of these areas;

• Current regulations for importing stock etc., especially in light of Brexit, and how to keep updated;

• Reporting requirements/protocol if one of these pest and diseases are found on one’s job site.

Join fellow industry colleagues in this concise and painless briefing that will equip you with the knowledge to play an active and responsible role in protecting our nation's plant life, both cultivated and wild.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Mike Robinson has been in post as a Plant Health & Seeds Inspector (PHSI) with Defra's Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) for 32 years. His primary role is dealing with outbreaks and interceptions of quarantine pests & diseases of plants, plant produce and products.

During his career with Plant Health, Mike has been involved with a wide range of horticultural/agricultural businesses & organisations, from nurseries of various kinds, to farms, to flower shows, such as Chelsea, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Mike regularly collaborates with stakeholders across Europe to stay at the forefront of emerging biosecurity issues. He has been involved with the 'Plant Passport' scheme since it's conception in 1993 and is regarded as the national expert on Oak Processionary Moth caterpillar, having been the first to flag it's presence in the UK.

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