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Biosecurity guidance for landscapers

Landscapers are in an ideal position to spot symptoms of pests and diseases early, and by taking action promptly, the impact of an outbreak can be reduced.

We have worked closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Landscape Institute, Horticultural Trades Association and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) to develop this guidance.

Biosecurity for Landscapers guidance leaflet

Think Kit

Clean soil and debris from boots, clothing and tools before leaving any site. Be sure to remove any build-up of soil and debris from all machinery, including material within cabs and footwells, before moving on to the next job.

Think plants

Develop relationships with nurseries you can trust to help you source plants responsibly. Keep records of purchases and suppliers, and continue to monitor plants for signs of ill health.

Check your plant passport and registration requirements with APHA prior to moving or importing plants.

Think materials

Source landscaping materials from areas known to be free of pests or diseases. Importation of certain materials and their packaging may be restricted from some areas, whilst others might require a phytosanitary certificate or treatment marks.

For 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 specialist guidance.

Dispose of any diseased or infected materials by incineration, either on site or at a licensed handling facility. Permits might be required from the Environment Agency.


Last updated: 12th December 2017