Defra’s Protecting Plant Health - A Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain was developed in partnership with key stakeholders and sets out plans to provide robust protection for crops, trees and other plants building upon and enhancing the work already undertaken by the Plant Health Services including the Forestry Commission across Great Britain. It provides a broad overview of the work that will be undertaken at home, within the EU and internationally, and is flexible to ensure that systems are dynamic, and constantly evolving to keep pace with changing threats.
For forestry the GB and Northern Ireland Tree Health Advisory Board, provides necessary direction for activities.
This Generic Contingency Plan explains how Defra will manage outbreaks of plant and bee pests and diseases, and the department’s role as lead government department (LGD). It is designed primarily for use by staff in Defra, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and Forestry Commission (collectively the Plant Health Service or PHS), who are involved in planning for outbreaks of plant/bee pests and diseases, and for those who would be involved in the response to an outbreak. It will also help others involved in outbreak planning and response arrangements to design their own internal processes to fit with those of Defra.
Scottish Government is in the process of drafting its own Generic Contingency Plan.