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There are many pests and diseases that can seriously damage crops and plants in the UK. To protect plant health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) sets policy and enforces controls and restrictions on the import, movement and keeping of certain plants, plant pests and other materials such as soil.
There are many plant pests and diseases which, if they were to become established in Scotland, could cause serious damage to our agricultural and horticultural crops, or to the natural environment. The Scottish Government is responsible for protecting Scotland's high plant health status and the economic benefits it brings.
The Plant Health Inspection Branch also has responsibility for the implementation of Plant Health legislation for non-arable plants and trees.
This involves surveillance for quarantine plant pests and diseases at all stages of the supply chain from import to retail, and in the wider environment, the registration and inspection of businesses issuing plant passports, implementation of statutory measures in the event of quarantine pest/disease outbreaks, and export certification.
The Forestry Commission is the forestry authority for England, providing regulatory, advisory and grant-aid services to the forestry and woodland sectors. Its services include plant health support to woodland owners and managers to help them prevent or minimise the establishment, spread and impact of pests and diseases of trees and other woodland plants.
Forest Research is the Forestry Commission’s research agency. Forest Research is GB’s principal organisation for forestry and tree related research and is internationally renowned for the provision of evidence and scientific services in support of sustainable forestry. Forest Research works for many Government departments, all the devolved administrations, forestry and land management stakeholders, environmental NGO’s and the European Union.
Controlling problem species in the environment.
The main Government Department with responsibility for the environment is the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA), whose key functions include environmental protection and monitoring, farming, fishing, food production, food safety, forestry and land management, and it is also the home of the Government Laboratory. In addition, the Department of Infrastructure manages waste disposal including civic amenity sites (waste disposal sites).
Scottish Forestry is the Scottish Government's forestry authority, providing regulatory, advisory and grant-aid services to the forestry and woodland sectors. Its services include plant health support to forest and woodland managers to help them prevent or minimise the establishment, spread and impact of pests and diseases of trees and other woodland plants.
Scotland's natural heritage is its wildlife, habitats, landscapes and natural beauty. Scotland is renowned for its attractive scenery and wild places and has a huge diversity of landscapes, habitats and wildlife. These are part of what makes Scotland special and are among the country's greatest assets. Scottish Natural Heritage's work is about caring for the natural heritage, enabling people to enjoy it, helping people to understand and appreciate it, and supporting those who manage it.