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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.
As Britain’s largest land manager we are custodian of 900,000 hectares of land including some of our best loved and most spectacular landscapes. Two-thirds of the estate lies within National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
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).
Scotland's National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland and comprises forests, woodland and open ground. It's a national treasure and it's our privilege to be looking after it. The threat to our trees from pests and diseases is growing thanks to increases in global travel, introduced species, and the effects of climate change. Pests and diseases can spread rapidly and damage the health of our forests
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.