Company statement regarding Xylella and Neonicotinoids
Frank P Matthews (FPM) considers Xylella fastigiosa as a potentially very high risk disease necessitating the most diligent care and attention to protect both our nursery and the interests of our valued customers. Current action being taken is as follows:
- FPM have signed up to the HTA code of practice in agreeing not to knowingly purchase any plants from regions where Xylella fastidiosa is known to exist.
- FPM are committed to the highest level of husbandry working closely with APHA (local Plant Health) on frequent and welcomed nursery inspections.
Frank P Matthews (FPM) recognises that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is best avoided wherever possible and has the following policy statement:
- The most common use of Neonicotinoid pesticides in the industry is for compost drenching for vine weevil control. FPM do not use Neonicotinoid pesticides for this purpose preferring to use biological products.
- FPM has occasional and limited use of one current permitted Neonicotinoid product for foliage application (in May) for one persistent nursery mite, applications are made at least two months prior to any tree despatch.
- FPM have conducted a risk assessment survey of its suppliers identifying that Acer palmatum, Cercis and occasional pot grown rootstock and tree liners (to be grown on for 12 months before despatch) and some soft fruit (for immediate despatch) may have been compost treated in the growing season prior to arriving on the nursery.