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What is the Plant Sure Scheme?

The Plant Sure Scheme is a responsible gardening initiative that will help growers, retailers and consumers of ornamental plants to grow, sell and buy plants that don’t cause harm to the environment.

The Plant Sure Scheme will make it easier to garden responsibly so that you can feel proud of the plants you have chosen for your gardening and landscaping projects.

Plant Sure Scheme Phase 2 Roadmap

During Phase 2 of the Plant Sure Scheme we will conduct a ‘proof of concept’ 18-month, small scale trial in NSW, to assess if the Scheme will be viable, credible and self-sustaining into the future. We will build on the research completed during Phase 1, including refining the Macquarie University Ornamental Plant Decision Support Tool and completing the development of all 14 Scheme components recommended by the University of Wollongong.

The Scheme trial has been extended due to the COVID-19 lockdown

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How is the Scheme being developed?

Phase 1 was primarily a research phase. Macquarie University researchers built the Ornamental Plant Decision Support Tool to predict the risk of invasiveness of ornamental plants and the University of Wollongong proposed a scheme framework which included 14 scheme components and is modelled on international best practice schemes.

Who supports the Plant Sure Scheme?

The Plant Sure Scheme is a collaborative partnership between industry, government and community. The Scheme is being co-designed with involvement from over 70 organisations including: greenlife businesses, horticultural researchers, and biosecurity and conservation groups.

The Consortium responsible for delivering the Scheme includes representatives from: the Nursery and Garden Industry NSW & ACT (NGINA); the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (National Parks & Wildlife Service); the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH). The Scheme is funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.

How can we participate?