Restrictions on oak imports come into force
In light of the recent increase in Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) interceptions outside of the UK Protected Zone, the Government has introduced new legislation .
Larger oaks can only be imported if they fulfil one of the following criteria: -
- They are from OPM free countries
- They have been grown in a designated OPM-free area (a Protected Zone – PZ)
- The have been grown under complete physical protection for their whole lifetime.
The legislation applies to all oak species, except Q. suber (Cork oak).
‘Larger oaks’ are defined as those with a girth of 8cm or more measured at a point 1.2m above the root collar.
Oaks smaller than this are still permitted.