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Contingency planning

Protecting the nation against natural threats (including plant health) and hazards is one of Defra’s top priorities. Under the Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain strengthening protection against plant pests and diseases inland includes a commitment to develop effective contingency plans and clear governance to help eradicate or minimise the impact when outbreaks occur.

The Defra Generic Contingency Plan describes how Defra and operational partners prepare for, and would respond to, an outbreak of a plant or bee pest or disease in England.

Pest specific response plans prepared by Defra and the Forestry Commission describe how the plant health service for England will respond to outbreaks of certain high risk pests where additional measures over and above those set out in the overarching Defra contingency plan for plant health in England are required.

Pest specific plant health contingency plans

Epitrix potato flea beetles on potato crops

Potato spindle tuber viroid PSTVd in potato crops

Potato spindle tuber viroid PSTVd in tomato and pepper crops

 

Pest specific tree health contingency plans

 

Acleris gloverana and Acleris variana Black-Headed Budworm

Agrilus anxius Bronze Birch Borer

Agrilus planipennis Emerald Ash Borer 

Bursaphelenchus xylophilus Pine wood nematode

Candidatus Phytoplasma ulmi Elm Yellows Phytoplasma

Ceratocystis fagacearum Oak Wilt

Ceratocystis platani Canker Stain of Plane

Choristoneura freemani Western Spruce Budworm

Choristoneura fumiferana Eastern Spruce Budworm

Cryphonectria parasitica Sweet Chestnut Blight

Dendrolimus sibiricus Siberian Coniferous Silk Moth

Ips typographus Eight-toothed spruce bark beetle 

Thaumetopoea pityocampa Pine Processionary Moth

Thaumetopoea processionea Oak Processionary Moth