With the tree purchasing season underway the Woodland Trust is encouraging forest nurseries to register interest in a voluntary scheme launching in the New Year which assures the provenance of native trees.
The charity’s scheme aims to reduce the reliance on imported planting stock and the risk of importing pests and diseases.
18 nurseries have so far registered an interest in the Trust’s voluntary ‘UK Sourced and Grown Assurance Scheme’(UKSG) which guarantees that those trees grown by participating nurseries marked with the UKSG badge are raised from seed sourced only from the UK and grown on in the UK for their entire lifespan.
Nurseries that choose to participate can still produce non-UKSG stock and it does not exclude them from seeking to use the label on their qualifying stock. The scheme’s primary focus is on biosecurity, allowing buyers to specify UKSG stock.
Nurseries that apply for inclusion in the joint Woodland Trust and Grown in Britain plant assurance scheme, and meet the requirements, will be able to offer those trees for sale under a verified UK Sourced and Grown label.
The new scheme will add further protection for our trees, complementing the range of measures already in place at borders, and across the UK which safeguard our biosecurity.
Anyone wishing to find out more detail can contact Project Manager Lee Dudley on 0343 770 5713.