Plant and tree health legislation

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs implements plant health legislation in Northern Ireland.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs implements plant health legislation in Northern Ireland.

This includes:

  • 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:

Plant Health Order (2006) (Legislation.gov.uk website)

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.

Plant Health Order (Amendment No.3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 (Legislation.gov.uk website)

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