Islanders warned about plant disease threat

Islanders are being urged to take care when ordering plants online to stop the spread of plant disease.

Jersey's Environment Department and Guernsey's Commerce and Employment Department want islanders to ensure they use reputable suppliers.

Both islands are currently free from Fireblight, a disease that kills apple trees and hawthorn hedgerows.

However, there is concern people buying trees and shrubs by mail order could be sent infected plants.

A spokesman said both Jersey and Guernsey are EU protected zones and plants must only be imported from officially approved nurseries.

Fireblight causes scorched leaves and can kill or wilt young shoots.

The spokesman said slime on infected plants containing the bacteria can be spread by insects and birds.

Both States departments are advising people to check with approved suppliers that the plants are safe to send to the islands.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Guernsey

Weather

Guernsey Airport

Min. Night 16 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StuntmanStuntman to the stars

    Driving dangerously and falling off buildings are all part of the day job for Bobby Holland Hanton

Programmes

  • A digger operated via an Oculus Rift and a controllerClick Watch

    Why controlling a heavy digger with a virtual reality helmet might improve safety

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.