In partnership with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), the HTA has developed a one-day conference to take place on Wednesday 17 February at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus at Sand Hutton, near York.
The issue of plant health has never been higher on the Government agenda and the stakes have never been higher for industry as it faces virulent pests and diseases like Xylella which have strict control measures extending to the whole supply chain in order to protect the trade.
The conference aims to clarify everyone’s roles and responsibilities across plant health issues, bringing together nurseries, retailers, specifiers, landscapers, inspectors and regulators. The content will provide delegates with all they need to know in order to comply with plant health legislation and to safeguard the UK.
The opening address will be made by a senior Government representative, who will outline the Government’s view on the importance of preventing and controlling pests and diseases that could damage the UK environment. Delegates will hear what growers and their customers need to do to fulfil their plant health responsibilities and mitigate risks.
Raoul Curtis-Machin, Head of Horticulture at the Horticultural Trades Association, will chair the conference and will speak from a trade association perspective, how growers can take a proactive approach in finding out up-to-date and relevant information and what plant health means for landscapers and what they should consider when purchasing plants directly from overseas.
Edward Birchall, Principal Plant Health & Seeds Inspector at APHA and John Elphinstone, Bacteriologist at Fera Science Ltd will both discuss what the implications of Xylella fastidiosa are for the UK nursery sector, including what the risks and symptoms are.
Richard McIntosh, Defra’s Assistant Chief Plant Health Officer, will describe Defra’s approach to identifying and assessing the many and varied potential threats to UK plant health, including the process of updating and using the UK Plant Health Risk Register to identify priority actions for consideration by Government and others.
The final remarks and conference close will come from Professor Nicola Spence, UK Chief Plant Health Officer.
The cost for HTA members is £25.00, plus VAT and for non-members is £50.00, plus VAT.