The Prince of Wales speaks about biosecurity on Gardeners World

The Prince of Wales featured in last night’s BBC1 Gardeners World Programme talking about biosecurity.

Speaking to presenter Adam Frost about the threat of Xylella and what advice he would give people selecting plants, he said: “Talk to the nurseries where you’re getting your plants from and ask them, ‘Have they been properly checked or quarantined? Have you got a biosecurity policy because of the risks now we’re facing of all these pests and diseases?'”

Charles added: “All of these pests and diseases and with climate change adding to these challenges, more and more of these pests can flourish when they couldn’t before, so we have to take it seriously.”

At Perrywood Garden Centre we work within the guidance of the The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and the Garden Centre Association (GCA).

Particularly, we are very concerned about the threat of Xylella and can confirm:

We will NOT knowingly purchase any plants originating from regions where the disease Xylella is known to exist

We are only buying potential host plants from trusted plant passported suppliers who know where their plants come from

Training our plant area staff in detection of pests and diseases

Intensifying surveillance for pests and diseases

Our plant team are extremely experienced and can answer your questions.  Alternatively, you can visit the RHS website www.rhs.org.uk to report any unusual symptoms on your plants.

More information

Use the following links to find out more about pest and disease risks

https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/plant-health-in-gardens/protect-your-garden/new-pd-risks

https://hta.org.uk/assurance-compliance/plant-and-disease-alert-xylella-fastidiosa.html