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No more imports of Oak trees from Netherlands, Belgium or Germany

Caroline Vickers, Barcham Trees



! ! No more Quercus imports from the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany…..press release Friday 12th July 2019 from DEFRA.!!


Tighter restrictions on oak tree imports to come into force.



Strengthened measures on the import of most species of oak into England are to be introduced to protect native trees from the threat of the tree disease Oak Processionary Moth (OPM).



The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including:-



· Those from OPM free countries.

· Those from designated pest free areas including Protected Zones (PZ) - an area of the European Union declared free of OPM.

· Those that have been grown under complete physical protection for their lifetime.



This Statutory Instrument (SI) – which is due to be introduced in Parliament shortly– builds on measures introduced in August 2018 and applies to all oak trees, except cork oak, over a certain size. 



The restrictions will cover both imports from overseas and the movement of trees from areas of the country where OPM is already present – in London and surrounding counties.


At the Barcham Trees nursery in Cambridgeshire, UK, we have been enforcing a strict Biosecurity Policy for a number of years.  


Our trees are supplied free of OPM. Visit www.barchampro.co.uk




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So just asking are we going to see some sort of horse meet scandal n a few yrs to come 


thats where it’s shipped from one place to another, to lose its place of origin.



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A reputable supplier of trees will be able to provide a full audit trail on the tree, like a tree passport, to show its origins and how long it has been grown at any location.  If a tree imported into the UK spends at least a year - all the growing seasons - on a UK nursery, any dormant or live tree pests and diseases can be eradicated before despatch into the UK landscape.  A safety measure to protect the UK which should have been mandatory years ago.

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