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International Year of Plant Health 2020

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The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has designated 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), a momentous opportunity to celebrate the benefits of healthy plants. Raising awareness of how, by protecting plant health, we are protecting the benefits plants provide to all of us, to wildlife, the environment and our economy are key objectives of the IYPH.

Why Plants Are Important - find out more


Factors such as globalisation of trade, increased travel and more plants and plant products entering the UK mean more threats to plant health. Protecting our country from harmful pests and diseases means that our plants can thrive in the future.

In the UK we will be using this exciting opportunity to show how we can all help to keep plants healthy and contribute towards being the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.

We will launch a national Plant Health Week during 2020 and this will become an annual event thereafter, encompassing World Earth Day which takes place on 22nd April.

Some of the UK and international activities are outlined below but there are many more in the pipeline! We will add more events and activities to this website in due course, or follow Nicola @plantchief on Twitter if you’d like to find out more. 

How You Can Get Involved - what you can do to help

 Date  Event
 2nd December 2019  FAO International Year of Plant Health Opening Ceremony and launch of the photo competition, Rome
 20th – 27th April 2020  UK Plant Health Week
 5th - 8th October 2020  FAO International Plant Health Conference ‘Protecting Plant Health in a Changing World’  Paasitorni Conference Centre Helsinki, Finland
 November 2020 National Tree Week 
Throughout 2020 Look out for our childrens’ Bug Hunts trail activity at various sites across the UK to raise awareness of plant pests and encourage a new generation of bug hunters.


Working Together - see who's involved

Follow Us

Follow Nicola Spence, UK Chief Plant Health Officer on Twitter @plantchief.

Use #IYPH2020 to raise awareness about the importance of #PlantHealth and share best practices