Get involved with IYPH
From bug hunts to tree planting… find out more about the activities taking place throughout the International Year of Plant Health!
You can also be an ambassador for biosecurity by being aware of the potential risks to plants and following some simple best practice guidelines to help avoid spreading plant disease.
Check out these top tips to help you look after our plants and trees!
Source plants from reputable nurseries and suppliers
After visiting woodlands and parks to help limit the spread of potentially devastating plant diseases
Get out and about to your local woods, parks and gardens to enjoy beautiful plants and trees. Or simply enjoy and care for your own plants at home, making sure you have the right plant in the right place and checking them regularly, all helps to contribute to healthy and thriving plants.
Biosecurity refers to action that is taken to stop the introduction or spread of organisms harmful to human, animal and plant life. There’s lots that you can do to help keep the UK free of harmful plant pests and diseases – whether you are travelling here from other countries, professionally growing or supplying crops, plants and trees, or gardening on your allotment - so that we can all continue to enjoy the benefits that plants and trees provide.
You can be an ambassador by:
Get to know your local trees and be aware of any unusual symptoms on them. You can report any suspect findings to the Forestry Commission’s Tree Alert website.
Follow Nicola Spence, UK Chief Plant Health Officer on Twitter @plantchief