The Royal Horticultural Society is calling for a visa scheme for plants after Brexit to keep out those nasty foreign bugs.
The aim is the stop invasive slugs, germs, bugs and beetles from munching their way through the country’s gardens. The RHS has already banned exhibitors at their shows from using EU-grown plants from nine key species, including lavender and rosemary.
It wants to use Britain’s departure from the EU to introduce a visa scheme for plants along with quarantine centres for species that may carry disease. Currently the free trade in plants within the EU has helped bring in several nasty pests including oak processionary moths, and those horrible orange Spanish slugs capable of reaching six inches in length and destroying prized delphiniums and lupins in an evening. The worst threat comes from flat worms that eat our lovely home grown earthworms that keep the soil healthy.