FERA to introduce import notification scheme for Oak, Chestnut and Plane trees


The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) has introduced statutory import notifications in England for Oak (Quercus spp.), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea spp.) and Plane (Platanus spp.) following the recent Chalara fraxinea crisis in Ash trees.

Unlike Ash the pests affecting these species are regulated under the EU Plant Health Directive but the notification requirement aims to: raise awareness about the threats to these species; provide intelligence about the level of trade; and facilitate tracing in the event of problems. It will also enable FERA and the Forestry Commission to carry out checks and identify if further protective measures, are needed. 

All Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Plane and Ash being imported into England from outside the EU or from another EU Member State and Switzerland must be notified. This should be done via the PEACH system for material imported from outside the EU (including Switzerland for ash trees) or using the eDomero system for material introduced from another EU Member State (including Switzerland for oak, sweet chestnut and plane trees)

PEACH: http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/documents/importsPeachFileUploadApr11.ppt

EDOMERO: http://edomero.defra.gov.uk

A copy of FERA’s letter outlining the requirement can be found at: http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantHealth/documents/defraTradeLetterTreeImports0113.pdf


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