IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IMPORTED PALMS
Good news! As from 1st January 2018, all palms imported by the Palm Centre will come only from Registered plant nurseries which are inspected regularly so as to prevent the spread of plant pests.
You may have read reports in the press about two recent sightings of palm pests, in particular Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Red palm weevil) and Paysandisia archon (Palm borer) which had arrived on imported palm trees. Fortunately, these pests are unlikely to survive a decent British winter as they are tropical in origin. However, to be on the safe side the authorities have decided to implement new requirements which will make it easier to control and trace the provenance of all palm imports.
To be clear, the Palm Centre has had no infected palms in the nursery and has passed all yearly inspections to which we are subject. We work with highly compliant growers abroad who take plant health very seriously; their – and our – livelihoods depend on it. We will continue to apply the new regulations with 100% commitment and we can guarantee our customers that all palm imports from the beginning of 2018 will comply.
For those interested, we have printed the new regulations below:
The APHA Official statement for relevant palm tree imports is as follows:
(a) (That all imported palms) have been grown throughout their life in places of production in countries where Rhynchophorus ferrugineus and Paysandisia archon are known not to occur or
(b) have been grown throughout their life in an area free from Rhynchophorus ferrugineus and Paysandisia archon established by the national plant protection organization in accordance with relevant International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures, or
(c) have, during a period of at least two years prior to export or movement, be grown in a place of production:
— which is registered and supervised by the national plant protection organization in the country of origin, and
— where the plants were placed in a site with complete physical protection against the introduction of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus and Paysandisia archon and
—where, during three official inspections per year carried out at appropriate times, including immediately prior to movement from this place of production, no signs of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus or Paysandisia archon have been observed.