Expert discussion on "Plant Health and Biosecurity" in Kew Gardens

At the invitation of Sir Nicholas Bacon, panel discussion on "Plant Health and Biosecurity".

Speech of the Prince of Wales

Jan-Dieter Bruns and the Prince of Wales

Plant Health and Biosecurity Conference on Thursday 20 February 2020 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London


At the invitation of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Chair of The Plant Health & Biosecurity Alliance & President of The Royal Horticultural Society, about 100 experts from all over Europe met on Thursday, February 20, 2020, in Kew Gardens, London, for a conference on "Plant Health and Biosecurity". In the various presentations and three panel discussions the problems and risks, especially for plant imports to England, were discussed.

Jan-Dieter Bruns was also invited to this meeting as acting president of the European Tree Nursery Association.

After the official withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU on December 31, 2019, the previous plant protection regulations will still apply for a one-year transitional period, but then it remains to be seen how plant imports will be regulated in the future. It must probably be assumed that these imports will be more strictly regulated in future. More detailed information on this will be announced in about 6 months.

Also His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales emphasized in his lecture at the end of the conference how much he cares about the topics plant health and biosecurity.

During a subsequent tea party there was still the opportunity to exchange a few words with Prince Charles.