Plant Health Inspection Service
The Department has responsibility for the maintenance of plant health on the Island and this includes checking imports and locally grown products for EU notifiable pests and diseases.
Many imports of vegetables and flowers come from many different parts of the World and these are inspected on a regular basis. Along side this runs the local inspections of garden centres, nurseries and farms for plant health standards which have to be maintained for exports from the Island into the EC.
New Emergency Powers to Stop Disease of Ash Trees Spreading to Island
The Isle of Man Government has reacted swiftly to the threat to Manx trees from the fungal disease known as Chalara fraxinea which is causing ash dieback. Cases of the disease have now been identified across Britain and Ireland and have been widely reported in the UK press. Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, Phil Gawne MHK, has rushed-through legislation which bans importation of ash trees and ash products into the Island with immediate effect.
For more information please follow this link http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara