Kew quarantine building prompts pest action plan release

The Government has used the opening of a £3.7m plant-quarantine building at Kew to announce an action plan to fight horticultural pests and diseases.

Natural environment under secretary Richard Benyon said: "To protect biodiversity we need biosecurity. Without that, pests and diseases threaten biodiversity. Global trade increases risks, while climate change enables pests to spread."

He explained that Defra would work with Kew, the Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research Agency on the plan, which was prompted after attacks of killers such as Phytophthora ramorum and oak processionary moth.

Forest Research principal pathologist Joan Webber said the action plan was being finalised after six months of talks with stakeholders and would look at public consultations as well as shortand long-term measures to improve security.

Kew's new 750sq m glazed block includes eight sealed quarantine bays under negative pressure, so if a window breaks, air is sucked into the bay to prevent pests escaping. Designer Unigro included a spotless loading bay with double shutters for airtight fumigation.

Incinerators burn dry plant waste and packaging such as wood, board and binding to prevent contaminated material escaping. All used water is sterilised before going to waste and staff pass through cold zones to shock pests into falling off their clothing.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next



Showy spikes, lush leaves and sweet scent all help to sell these appealing plants, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Get set for the National Plant Show 2018 - show preview

Get set for the National Plant Show 2018 - show preview

Growers will be aiming to take orders and increase sales by showcasing latest varieties at the National Plant Show. Matthew Appleby looks ahead to the event.

Crop protection: Ornamentals armoury

Crop protection: Ornamentals armoury

What can ornamental plant growers do to meet increasing pressure from the industry and consumers to become more sustainable? Sally Drury investigates the available product options.

Opinion... How to increase UK plant supply

Opinion... How to increase UK plant supply

Why don't UK growers produce more of the plants that the UK market demands?

Opinion... Co-operation is industry's best card

Opinion... Co-operation is industry's best card

What a great trade this is when one of us needs help. "The Container Revolution" co-operative exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a good example.

Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Horticulture Week's careers guide (HW, April 2018) is a revealing insight into what constitutes "a horticulturist". Horticulture is a coherent discipline.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 60 Ornamentals nurseries

See our exclusive ranking of ornamentals nurseries by annual turnover. 

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production

Read Tim Edwards

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles