What is Plant Healthy?
If you are a grower, garden retailer or landscaper you can visit the Plant Healthy website (planthealthy.org.uk) to find useful information about plant health and a self-assessment tool to help you assess how 'Plant Healthy' your business is. There are pointers on how your business can improve based on the the Plant Healthy Management Standard - a set of practical requirements for businesses to help protect the horticultural supply chain.
It's free, quick and easy to do and fully condiential. It will also help you answer any questions your customers have about how you’re managing plant health risks.
This has been created by the HTA & supporting partners as a useful resource to help businesses protect themselves against potential losses caused by plant pests and diseases.
We’re advising all HTA members to take the Plant Healthy self-assessment because of the devastating impact diseases such as Xylella Fastidiosa can have on our whole industry and the wider natural landscape. Xylella has more than 300 host species, many of which are ornamentals traded in the UK. A serious outbreak could change our industry forever.
So please do take the time to complete the Plant Healthy Self Assessment...
Download the Plant Healthy self assessment leaflet
Disclaimer - The sole purpose of the report is to help you assess your business or organisation against the Plant Health Management Standard. The report is not to be used to demonstrate compliance with any plant health regulations or standards.
“Completing the Plant Healthy questionnaire not only highlighted the strengths and weaknesses in our plant health management processes, but by asking questions of us, and our processes, the questionnaire highlighted some aspects of plant health security that we had not previously considered. It is now integral to due diligence. All in all, completing the questionnaire was a very useful exercise and one that helped us review our plant health processes and our risk exposure. Something that is increasingly, a very important part of our business.”
“My Nursery Manager and I completed the self-assessment shortly after it was launched. The results of the questionnaire gave us two things to go back and work on, which we did, and have now made those amendments to our procedures. It was a very good check list and made us assess what we do. I found the exercise very useful and worth doing”