Plant health and biosecurity

The Landscape Institute is concerned with plant health and invasive plant species. We aim to raise awareness and understanding among our members about plant health and biosecurity issues.

Through liaison with liaison with bodies such as Defra, FERA, the Tree Council, and the Scottish Centre of Excellence, the LI’s plant health and biosecurity group has helped curate information, produce training events and technical resources, and keep members up to date with the latest developments in biosecurity.

Resources

Biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants

Developed in partnership with the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), this toolkit provides guidance for every stage of a project, from assessment and planning to design, contract administration, and landscape management.

Plant health considerations for planting schemes

Forest Research has produced this guidance to help landscape practitioners and others responsible for planting schemes to identify and select plant providers who follow good biosecurity practice.

TIN 01/15: Pest and disease threats to plants

An accessible summary of information and resources to help landscape practitioners better recognise and understand common pests and diseases, and modify their practice to mitigate their spread.

Biosecurity newsletter archive

Plant health and biosecurity updates dating from spring 2015 to summer 2019.

Latest biosecurity updates

Join us in supporting #PlantHealthWeek from 21-28 September

2020 is the International Year of Plant Health. Next week (21-28 September) is Plant Health Week, with several organisations hosting events, competitions and more to raise plant health awareness and encourage the general public to get out and about in their local green spaces

Plant Health And Biosecurity update, July 2020

Example of a plant passport
We may have left the EU, but for the time being, its plant health and biosecurity regulations still apply. As we approach the next planting season, the LI Biosecurity Working Group flags two important control and movement aspects of the EU Plant Health Regulation (PHR).

Xyllela-risk import measures: Biosecurity update for LI members

Defra will continue to restrict the import of Xylella-risk plants, despite new EU legislation requiring the UK to repeal its tougher measures. The LI Biosecurity Working Group has provided a summary of biosecurity risks and suggested actions for members to take when specifying for and managing projects.