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

Reclaiming the Shoreline/The Terrain of Water – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Reclaiming the Shoreline/The Terrain of Water is a speculative graduate student project developed by Yue Qin in 2019 as part of the Master of Landscape Architecture design studio Actants & Assemblages of Scotland’s North Coast Landscapes.

Intervene Within Dounreay – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

After studying the history of the site and the planned decommissioning process, the design research project imagines a speculative future ‘The Myth of Dounereay’ and investigates socio-economic issues at the regional scale, such as the impact of radioactive coastal contamination, bioremediation techniques and landscape regeneration.

Forestry Commission publishes new resource hub for managing ash dieback

The page gives an overview of official advice on the invasive disease, which has now spread to almost every part of the UK, and signposts key sources of guidance on identifying and managing it