The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs implements plant health legislation in Northern Ireland.
- approval of businesses for passporting,
- surveys for non-indigenous pests and diseases.
- import inspections
- inspections of nurseries, garden centres and other horticulture businesses for quarantine pests and diseases; and
- implementation of emergency measures inthe event of a serious Plant Health Incident
Plant Health Legislation can be found using link below:
As a result of Ash dieback, emergency legislation was introduced restricting the importation or movement of Ash trees for planting unless they are known to come from a pest free area. This is called the Plant Health (Amendment No.3)Order (Northern Ireland) 2012. This can also be found at the above link.