We are acutely aware of our plant Health responsibility which is why our staff are appropriately trained, and our plant health systems are robust. We are also Plant Healthy certified, this shows we are a businesses that trades and grows plants to a high plant health and biosecurity standard and reduces the risk of introducing or spreading destructive plant pests, as well as protecting the horticultural industry, other cultivated plants and natural habitats.
Plant health is important to us for a number of other reasons from protecting our woodlands from pests and diseases such as ash-dieback and oak Processionary Moth, to safeguarding native flora and fauna from non-native pests and diseases.
Healthy plants are also fundamental for the creation of beautiful gardens and landscapes and are essential for life, making the oxygen we breathe and absorbing carbon dioxide, they are also essential for the food we eat and without them we wouldn’t be here.
We work closely with trade bodies, consultants, and Defra to ensure we remain up to date with current plant health developments.
Whenever it is commercially viable we grow our own stock on site.
We implement clean working practices, regular crop inspections and dispose of stock responsibly.
If we do have to purchase plants we work with suppliers we know and trust, who share our plant health values.
Our approved supplier list is regularly reviewed in light of plant health developments.
Purchased plants are inspected by trained staff and a zero tolerance approach is not just taken with regards to regulated pests and diseases but also other pests and diseases we see as a major risk.
Buy plants from reputable nurseries and suppliers, avoid buying plants that have been sourced from areas with high-risk pests and diseases present.
Specify plants that are robust and not susceptible to the most harmful pests and diseases.
Ensure you understand the pests and diseases of greatest impact and potential risk, where they are prevalent and how to mitigate against them.
To avoid spreading plant diseases clean your boots before and after going out and about in parks, woodlands and between nursery visits or landscape sites.
Keep up to speed with current plant health legislation.
A healthy plant is a robust plant, ensure the basics are met such as right plantfor the planting position, correct water levels appropriate soil type and the right amount of sunlight