Plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain
Applies to England, Scotland and Wales
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The new Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain will be published in late spring 2022. The strategy will establish our new vision for plant health, and set out how we will work with the plant sector over the next 5 years to implement this vision.
The strategy builds on the consultation launched in September 2021 by Defra, Forestry Commission, the governments of Scotland and Wales, and our agencies and delivery partners, to inform our approach to plant biosecurity over the next five years.
Detail of feedback received
We received 1,192 responses to this consultation.
We want to know your views on how government, the plant industry, and the public can help improve plant biosecurity in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).
Our plants are vital to our survival, but they are under threat from pests and diseases, and we need your help to protect them. Government and the plant sector are already addressing these threats, but we all play a role in keeping our plants healthy by practicing good biosecurity.
Specifically, we are seeking your views on:
- the effectiveness of our current plant and tree health regulations
- ways industry and government can work together to support a biosecure plant supply chain which ensures the safe sourcing of planting stock
- how we enhance the nations technical capability, using innovative science and technology to keep pace with emerging threats and ensure preparedness for the future
- tougher action to protect against biosecurity risks associated with trees susceptible to high-risk pests and diseases
This consultation also includes a technical annex on additional biosecurity measures for tree species posing a particular risk through imports. This consultation will inform the Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain that will be published in 2022.
Last updated 5 April 2022 + show all updates
Added the summary of responses and technical report (English and Welsh versions).
Updated to reflect that we expect to publish the summary of responses to this consultation in March 2022.