Opening Times
Garden Centre
9.00am - 5.30pm
9.00am - 5.00pm
(last orders 4.30pm)

East Fortune
North Berwick
EH39 5JS
f: 01620 880278

HTA statement on Xyllella fastidiosa

“We have taken the decision NOT to knowingly purchase any host plants originating from regions where the disease Xylella is known to exist. The decision has been taken after detailed consideration as to the potential catastrophic impact the introduction of the disease could have to the UK environment, coupled with the ever increasing number of host plant genera of this disease. This is in line with DEFRA’s good practice recommendations.

The HTA is aware that this is a minimum standard and therefore individual businesses are encouraged to develop their own policy for managing the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa. ”

HTA Xylella Five point plan 

  1. We check plant passports arriving with plants are correct and keep the plant passport to aid trace back if necessary. We label and keep records of the identity of all received batches of plants, including where the plants came from and when.
  2. We source from known suppliers or visit suppliers to view their processes, procedures, biosecurity arrangements and the plants they grow.
  3. We make sure that imported plants both originate from, and are sourced from, disease free areas.
  4. We maintain records of pesticide treatments and destroy old or unusable plants.
  5. We comply with the UK national requirements to notify the UK Plant Health Service about certain species of plants under the ‘EU Plant and Tree notification scheme’.