Johnsons of Whixley, the 100-year-old commercial nursery, is now Plant Healthy certified.
The Plant Healthy certification scheme makes it easier to identify businesses who are trading and growing plants to a high plant health and biosecurity standard. In return, this helps reduce the risk of introducing or spreading destructive plant pests, whilst also helping to protect the horticultural industry and other cultivated plants and natural habitats.
Plant Health is important to Johnsons and many other nurseries for many reasons, such as protecting our woodlands from pests and diseases such as ash-dieback and oak Processionary Moth, to safeguard native flora and fauna from non-native pests and diseases.
The Plant Health Management Standard was developed by specialists from industry, government and the third sector.
Healthy plants are fundamental for the creation of beautiful gardens, landscapes, and overall, are essential for life.
Head of production and procurement, Jonathan Whittemore, said: “We are acutely aware of our plant health responsibility, which is why our staff are appropriately trained and our plant health systems are robust. Our recent Plant Healthy certification shows that we are a business who trade and grow plants to a high plant health and biosecurity standard – reducing the risk of introducing or spreading destructive plant pests and protecting the horticultural industry, other cultivated plants, and natural habitats.”