Biosecurity Policy

This policy is a statement of the intent of the directors of this company and shall apply to all operations and work sites managed by The Tree Fella NE Ltd.

Biosecurity is a set of precautions that aim to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms, such as pests, pathogens, or invasive species.

  • We are committed to planning and managing our business activities to ensure that the possibility of introducing and spreading of harmful organisms is minimal.
  • We are committed to complying with all legal requirements applicable to plant health and biosecurity, for example the Plant Health Act and The Official Controls (Plant Health and Genetically Modified Organisms) Regulations.
  • We are committed to ensuring amendments, alterations and additions to the legal requirements are incorporated into working practices.
  • The necessary personnel and financial resources will be allocated to assist The Tree Fella NE Ltd in meeting its biosecurity objectives.
  • We are committed to developing and maintaining effective relationships with plant health agencies and complying with all plant health notices and requirements.
  • We are committed to diversifying tree populations where our business activities allow us to mitigate possible future pest and pathogen introductions.
  • The Tree Fella NE Ltd shall ensure the safe handling and disposal of all harmful organisms and all potentially contaminated materials.
  • The Tree Fella NE Ltd shall ensure safe storage, handling, and use of substances such as pesticides and disinfectants.
  • We shall ensure all employees of The Tree Fella NE Ltd are competent to do their tasks and will give them adequate training.
  • Appropriate advice shall be sought from specialists if specific challenging biosecurity issues are identified before, during or after operations.
  • We are committed to legal requirements for alerting the appropriate organisation of any suspected quarantine pest and pathogen outbreak we encounter.
  • Our management system shall provide a framework for reviewing biosecurity objectives and targets.

In order to meet these commitments, The Tree Fella NE Ltd shall pursue the following objectives:

  • The Tree Fella NE Ltd will work to good industry practice and will ensure we are aware of any changes or updates to biosecurity practices.
  • Work sites and staff will be appropriately supervised and monitored to ensure the correct use of biosecurity control measures.
  • The Tree Fella NE Ltd will hold internal knowledge and information on the basic identification of current pests and pathogen threats.
  • The Tree Fella NE Ltd shall be familiar with and utilise government guidance such as the UK Plant Health Risk Register.
  • Before commencing work on-site, a biosecurity risk assessment shall be completed to evaluate each site to identify appropriate biosecurity control measures, transport, and disposal options.
  • Staff will be issued the necessary equipment, PPE and substances to implement biosecurity control measures, including effective hygiene and sanitation practices.
  • Employees of The Tree Fella NE Ltd shall be briefed and trained on good biosecurity practices appropriate to their role within the organisation.
  • Cases of ill health in trees will be reported through the Forestry Commission’s Tree Pest and Pathogen sightings reporter (TreeAlert).
  • Recommendations made to clients concerning species choice for new tree planting consider the composition of the local tree population and the resilience of that population to pests, pathogens, and invasive species.
  • The species choice for new planting will completely account for local environmental conditions and ensure that ‘the right tree is selected for the right place’.
  • Planting material will be appropriately sourced to minimise risk, ideally homegrown, from reputable suppliers and assessed on delivery to the planting site to ensure it is in optimum physiological health and visually free from pests and pathogens.
  • The planting of imported trees directly into the landscape will be avoided.
  • This policy shall always be displayed within the organisation and available to all interested parties.
  • Individual biosecurity responsibilities are issued to each employee.
  • This biosecurity policy shall be communicated to all persons working for or on behalf of The Tree Fella NE Ltd.

The Tree Fella NE Ltd will strive to raise the levels of biosecurity awareness throughout its workforce and to promote this awareness to its customers, suppliers & subcontractors. To this effect, we welcome any feedback on our processes and policies.

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