The Arboricultural Association has launched new guidance to help professionals in all roles within the tree care industry to apply biosecurity practices during their day to day work.
The guidance supports the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ ‘Tree Health Resilience Strategy’ released in May 2018. The strategy’s National Action Plan called for organisations in the environmental sector to “Take a leading role in international efforts to strengthen biosecurity and build resilience. Facilitate information sharing and work collaboratively to ensure those involved in tree health are aware of risks and know what to do to reduce them.”
The new ‘Application of Biosecurity in Arboriculture’ Guidance Note is now available in digital and print formats. The document provides detailed best practice guidance for Arborists working in any role in arboriculture and environmental sectors, with a helpful document key indicating which sections are directly relevant to each job role. The publication was developed by principal authors Simon Cox and James Roberts, with valuable assistance from a host of members and supporting organisations including Forestry Commission England and the Trees and Design Action Group.
By releasing the free to download Guidance Note, the Association aims to better equip professionals with the knowledge and tools to tackle biosecurity by providing information that will assist in efforts to prevent a pest or pathogen outbreak which results in the accelerated mortality and loss of large numbers of trees.
The Arboricultural Association launched a ‘Biosecurity in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry’ position statement in late 2016 outlining basic biosecurity principles which should be adopted to reduce the unwanted introduction of tree pests and diseases. Since then the professional body for the tree care industry has developed free templates for Company Biosecurity policies and biosecurity risk assessments, while working closely with partner organisations and initiatives such as The Forestry Commission ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign.