Plant Heritage says industry must lobby MEPs over plant reproductive material legislation before end of November

Plant Heritage is warning that a new deadline has been set for people to lobby MEPs over the proposed EU Plant Reproductive Material legislation which could endanger plant collections and nurseries and threaten the survival of many ornamental plants.
The deadline has been set for the 4 December, but in order to influence their proposals, comments or letters must arrive by the end of November.
Plant Heritage has drafted a letter aimed at maximising the impact of communications to the MEP’s and which can be found on its website at nccp.

The MEPs that need to be contacted sit on the Agriculture and Environment Committees, details of which can also be found on the Plant Heritage website above.

This action has been called for after the charity announced last month that the proposed legislation, as it stands, could prevent threatened plant material from being propagated and shared for the future.
Speaking at the time Plant Heritage Conservation Officer Mercy Morris urged people to write to MEP’s to ensure they were made aware of the danger that this potential legislation poses, and ask that the wording be amended to ensure the survival of small nurseries and National Collection Holders.
Plant Heritage, along with other industry organisations including the HTA and RHS is asking that the regulation is not applied to ornamental plants and that the definition of ‘organisations’ in the documentation involved in conservation is broadened to include professional operators, thus protecting National Plant Collections and nurseries.

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