Plant health conference targets action plan for regulators

"Prepare for the threats of tomorrow" is the call to action behind the UK Plant Biosecurity Conference at the Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) headquarters on 30 May.

Alba Trees, Christie Elite Nurseries, Dukeswood Nursery, Fargro, Frank P Matthews, J&A Growers, Johnsons of Whixley, Oakover Nurseries, Trees Please, Wee Tree Wholesale Nurseries and Wyevale Nurseries are among businesses already booked to attend.

The conference aims to identify an action plan for regulators and the industry - the proposal being to minimise the threat to the environment while developing a strong and thriving UK production industry.

The HTA and Confor have organised the conference, which is supported by the Horticultural Development Company and FERA.

Defra parliamentary under-secretary Lord de Mauley will open the conference and Oliver Rackham will present his thoughts on the importance of trees in the environment, their current health status and why protecting this matters so much.

Further speakers will look at the lessons from the Chalara outbreak and the future for UK plant health policy. Ward will join an expert panel exploring industry and Government views of what went wrong and how to prevent a future incident.

Additional breakout sessions will focus on the two distinct plant supply chains of forestry and amenity/retail, exploring the depth of issues within each sector. For further details, call the HTA on 0118 930 3132.

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