The Scottish Plant Health Strategy

The strategy sets out the Scottish Government's approach to the protection of the health of plants, including agricultural and horticultural crops, and plants in parks and gardens, forestry and the natural environment, in Scotland.

Appendix 2: Actions since April 2014 to implement the GB Plant Biosecurity Strategy

Topic Actions
General Agreed to advertise for a Scottish Chief Plant Health Officer.
Risk based decision making Assessed pest risks at the monthly UK Plant Health Risk Group meetings and added pests to the UK Plant Health Risk Register.
Raising awareness and involvement Held two stakeholder workshops to develop the Scottish Plant Health Strategy, December 2014 and December 2015.
  Published the Scottish Phytophthora ramorum Strategy [34] and Scottish Phytophthora ramorum Status Report [35] in September 2015.
  Supported the Animal and Plant Health Agency's show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show to promote biosecurity messages.
  Promoted biosecurity messages, e.g. on-going promotion of 'Plants Get Ill Too' and 'Keep it clean' campaigns.
  Supported the creation of a network of trained experts as part of the Observatree programme [24] and development of the pest reporting tool Tree Alert.
Pre-border Worked with the rest of the UK Plant Health Service and stakeholders to develop UK positions for negotiations of the new EU Regulations on Protective Measures against Pests of Plants and Official Controls.
  Held Tree Health training events and disease specific training events ( e.g. Dothistroma needle blight) for the network of FCS Tree Health Champions and the wider forestry sector.
Border Inspected 100% of imported regulated plants and plant products.
Inland Revising the Scottish Generic Contingency Plan for Plant Health Outbreaks and due to consult stakeholders during 2016. We also aim to test the plan before April 2016.
  Followed up interceptions and reports of pests, including Elm yellows phytoplasma on Ulmus spp, Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. pruni on Prunus laurocerasus, Epitrix spp. on ware potatoes, Tetropium fuscum on Picea logs.
  Further development of the STHAG and its three working groups (Plant Production, Sustainable Forest Management and Wood Use & Processing)
  With forestry stakeholders in the STHAG, developed action plans for Chalara dieback of ash, Phytophthora ramorum on larch and Dothistroma needle blight on pine.
  Undertook helicopter and ground based surveillance and monitoring programmes for a range of tree pests
Evidence Developed a business case for and proposed commissioning of a Scottish Centre of Expertise for Plant Health in early 2016 to underpin plant health capacity in Scotland.
  Commissioned a range of plant health research projects including on psyllid vectors of ' Candidatus' Liberibacter solanacearum, risks to Scotland of Phytophthora species, control of Dothistroma needle blight and detection of phytophthoras in soil.
Topic Actions
Capacity and capability Participated in Defra-led project on Animal and Plant Health in the UK: Building our Science Capacity [18] to deliver a UK-level strategy to identify key priorities and critical scientific questions to better predict, detect and understand animal and plant health problems by 2020. A Scottish pilot will be implemented to test the strategy at a regional level in 2016.
  Supported the UK Chief Plant Health Officer's initiative to develop a Register of Plant Health Professionals.
  Reviewed existing capability and capacity in Scotland as part of the development of the Scottish Centre of Expertise for Plant Health.


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