Provender Nurseries is now certified ‘Plant Healthy’. This makes the nursery one of the first to gain certification so far.
Plant Healthy is a new quality assurance scheme. It was created to protect horticultural supply business against destructive pest and diseases.
Plant Healthy, developed by the industry with input from Government, sets out key requirements for plant health management.
The Plant Healthy initiative is a high level of voluntary certification for plant health in the UK. It shows that Provender Nurseries has a responsible and ongoing approach to plant health and biosecurity.
The aim of Plant Healthy is to improve the plant health & biosecurity management systems throughout the plant supply chain.
All member nurseries are audited each year to ensure that the high standards are upheld.
Stuart Tickner, Nursery and Biosecurity Manager, has been working with the Plant Healthy scheme to ensure that the highest standards are met and upheld in the day to day purchasing, maintenance and supply of healthy plants. Following an on-site audit and some suggested changes on site, Provender Nurseries passed the audit on 15th February 2021.
Provender Nurseries has systems in pace
Systems in place at Provender Nurseries include:
- an isolation area for high-risk plants, that all plants purchased are traceable back to point of origin
- a new procedure for checking all stock as it arrives on site, regular monitoring on site and a new clean boots on site policy.
The scheme also covers plant husbandry already followed on site. Procedures include weeding, pruning, feeding of plants and water storage and usage around the nursery.
Stuart Tickner says:
“These procedures and others that we carry out on site are part of our every day culture of plant procurement. We will continue to train our nursery team on a regular basis. On an annual basis we currently organise training sessions with APHA on site for all staff.”
Richard McKenna, MD of Provender Nurseries says:
“I am proud that Provender Nurseries have achieved the Plant Healthy certification. All landscapers, designers and public spaces should use nurseries with such certification for peace of mind that stock has been grown and supplied from a site with high standards of biosecurity.”