The Landscape Institute (LI) has published a new technical guidance note to serve as a plant health and biosecurity toolkit for landscape consultants.
Biosecurity is emerging as major threat to ecosystem resilience, with new regulations and guidance being developed in response to pests, pathogens and the changing climate. This toolkit has been developed in partnership with the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) and represents a significant development in cross-industry coordination.
The toolkit follows the LI and RIBA Plans of Work, providing guidance for landscape practitioners at every stage of a project, from assessment and planning to design, contract administration and landscape management. A key feature of the toolkit is the species selection guide, discussing 90 of the genera most used or encountered by landscape architects and setting out their risks, pests and pathogens, along with the appropriate courses of action to take when using them.