The Plant Health Alliance has launched five Plant Healthy online training modules covering a range of subjects fundamental to the management of plant health and biosecurity in the UK.
Starting with regulations and controls, the modules progress to cover how to conduct a Pest Risk Analysis for a horticultural business or organisation’s site. A site can be a nursery, garden centre, landscapers or arborist’s yard, or a public garden. Also covered are the types of harmful organisms and how they spread. Information is provided on good plant biosecurity practice in relation to the Plant Health Management Standard, which is the voluntary Standard the Plant Healthy Certification Scheme is based upon. Finally, Plant Health responsibility and recognition is covered with a description of how to progress onto the Plant Health Professional Register which is administered by the Royal Society of Biology. At the end of the modules is a short test. Upon successful completion a certificate is provided.
The modules are a free e-learning resource to help businesses and organisations understand what they need to know and actions they can take in order to protect plant and tree health. The modules are being launched as a beta version to gather feedback from users to help hone plant health information to improve plant biosecurity in the UK.