Environmental, Xylella and Plant Health Policies

Wyevale Nurseries shows a thorough and ongoing commitment towards operating and working in a manner that safeguards the local, national and global environments.

Wyevale Nurseries supplies plants wholesale to garden centres and the amenity sector. It is a common goal of all Wyevale companies to show a thorough and ongoing commitment towards operating and working in a manner that, as far as is reasonably practicable and possible, safeguards the local, national and global environments.

Wyevale Nurseries will seek to comply with EMS standards, industry codes of practice and customer requirements now and in the future.

It is the responsibility of all the Directors of Wyevale Nurseries and Container Plants to implement this policy liaising with the departmental managers who, within their area of responsibility, give full support to the directors.

All employees within the group are briefed and trained where necessary on the Environmental Policy. The directors and managers will ensure that they are their staff are made aware of environmental issues which might be affected and influenced by nursery activities. This is achieved by:

  • Incorporation in the business plan
  • Discussion at directors, managers and departmental meetings
  • Memos and notices issued on relevant subjects
  • Staff training to ensure environmental strategies are implemented and adopted in a safe and effective manner
  • As part of annual management review procedures, key areas of environmental performance are recorded and are used to set continual targets for improvement. These targets figure in the business plan and in individual company and departmental objectives.

To support elements of improved environmental performance, Wyevale Nurseries also takes part in DEFRA-backed trials and research programmes. These have included consortiums to look at water use efficiency, peat reduction and peat-free growing media, integrated pest management and reduction in pesticide use.

Wyevale Nurseries is committed to the prevention of pollution, to reducing any environmental risk, to conserving energy and natural resources, to increasing recycling and thereby minimising waste and to protecting natural habitats and wildlife.

It is also committed to increasing the amount of recycled water, thus reducing the amount of borehole water used.

There will be an ongoing process to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and other requirements where identified.

Wyevale Nurseries will make this policy available to staff, customers, contractors and the general public.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - ISO 14001:2004

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Xylella Policy

The directors and staff of Wyevale Nurseries are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, in particular to be at the forefront of the industry in defining and setting out existing and new, high standards of plant health and biosecurity.
Wyevale Nurseries will do this by complying with all government regulations set out by DEFRA and any other related legislation.  In addition Wyevale Nurseries will work with regulatory and advisory authorities and industry peers to respond to potential new hazards as they arise.

In its commitment to excellent standards of plant biosecurity and further to the Company Plant Health Policy, Wyevale Nurseries has identified the plant disease Xylella as a particular threat and will be taking the following measures to minimise the risks:
• Education, involvement and commitment of staff in all areas of the business to the risks posed by the disease Xylella fastidiosa.
• Setting out operating procedures regarding Xylella which take into account legal obligations, risk assessment and documented work practice.
• Incorporate the 5 key areas of action as identified by the Horticultural Trades Association (we are a signature to this HTA initiative) as follows:
o     Adherence to the legal responsibility of Plant Passporting on all incoming and outgoing plant stock and excellent record keeping so to achieve complete traceability.
o     All plant suppliers will be vetted and approved, or rejected if sub-standard.
o     We will work with our approved suppliers to ensure as far as we can that all plants are sourced and originate from Xylella free areas.
o     Practice high levels of nursery hygiene, maintaining crop inspection, and husbandry records and responsibly disposing of any unused stock.
o     Comply with the national requirement to notify UK Plant Health Service about movement of certain plant species under the `EU Plant and Tree Notification Scheme`.
• IN ADDITION: Adoption of the newly created Horticultural Trades Association`s `Plant Health Assurance Scheme` (PHAS) of which Wyevale Nurseries is a Pilot member and will be independently audited.
• Wyevale Nurseries has identified the following plant genera as posing a particular risk of Xylella infection and has voluntarily ceased growing or importing these plant types: Olea (Olives), Polygala, Nerium (Oleander).  The list may change as and when risk is heightened.
• A commitment to continual improvement within the business, as more is known about Xylella.
• The culture of care for plant health issues will range across all divisions of the Wyevale Nurseries business and be made known to suppliers, customers and specifiers.
                August 2017

 

PLANT HEALTH POLICY


Wyevale Nurseries is a family-owned, wholesale grower and supplier of hardy nursery stock to the landscape market, trade nurseries, forestry, landowners and to the retail sector.
The directors and staff of Wyevale Nurseries are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, in particular to be at the forefront of the industry in defining and setting out existing and new, high standards of plant health and biosecurity.
Wyevale Nurseries will do this by complying with all government regulations set out by DEFRA and any other related legislation.  In addition Wyevale Nurseries will work with regulatory and advisory authorities and industry peers to respond to potential new hazards as they arise.

In order to safeguard this aspect of our own and our customers Environments, the commitment to excellent standards of plant biosecurity will include the following steps:
• Education, involvement and commitment of staff in all areas of the business.
• Setting out operating procedures regarding plant health which take into account legal obligations, risk assessment and documented work practice.
• A commitment to continual improvement within the business.
• In order to be in the vanguard of the nursery trade we will set our standards high, to exceed minimum legal plant health requirements and be ready to curtail the range we offer if this is seen prudent.
• Adoption of the newly created Horticultural Trades Association`s Plant Health Management System (PHMS).
• The PHMS will set out objectives, procedures, performance indicators and be reviewed annually for necessary changes, improvements and to identify any shortcomings. Wyevale Nurseries performance will be recorded and monitored by external audit.
• The culture of care for plant health issues will range across all divisions of the Wyevale Nurseries business and be made known to suppliers, customers and specifiers.
Finally our policy shall be made available to all interested parties.
June 2017