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Biosecurity guidance for foresters

Forestry professionals are in an ideal position to spot changes early which might indicate a disease outbreak. Taking action at the right time can be critical to reducing the impact of an outbreak.

We have worked closely with the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)and the Confederation of Forestry Industries (CONFOR) to develop this guidance.

Biosecurity for Foresters guidance leaflet (PDF)

Think kit

Scrape, brush or knock soil and debris from your boots, clothing and equipment before leaving any site. Make a clean start each day.

Clean and disinfect chainsaws and other cutting tools as part of routine maintenance.

Think trees

Source plants responsibly, monitor for signs of ill health, and report suspect symptoms to us using Tree Alert.

Think transport

Brush or knock off any build-up of soil and debris on vehicles and machinery, including cabs and footwells, before leaving any site. Use proper off-site wash-down facilities regularly.

 In higher-risk situations…

Good biosecurity is always important, but there are cases where you might need to be more rigorous, such as when:

  • there’s a disease or pest present; or
  • there’s an existing Statutory Plant Health Notice in place.

In these cases, follow the specialist guidance on the specific pest or disease.

If you must remove the infected material for safety reasons:

  • keep it separate from other arisings; and
  • do not use it for mulch or firewood.

Dispose of infected material by deep burial, or incineration, either on site or at a licensed handling facility.


Last updated: 12th December 2017