Moving abroad from the UK to other European Union Country such as France and Spain is becoming increasingly popular as UK citizens buy second homes or move permanently to other EU countries. Its when considering the logistics of a move most people consider taking their special plants with then to the new garden. For those people wishing to do this the GardenAdvice team have made a few notes which will be helpful
– Firstly if you are intending to remove plants from a garden of a house you are selling its important to tell the people that are buying your house and have it included in the contract that you are taking some of the plants with you, otherwise you can find yourself in so last minute price negotiations.
– Secondly try to act in good time, the more preparation and time you have in moving a plant the more likely it is to be moved successfully. For some tips on moving plants contact the GardenAdvice Advisor team with the species and the estimated time of year you are hoping to move your plants.
– Thirdly although the laws on plants within the EC countries are broadly the same a number of differences exist so check up well in advance. Generally speak if a plant is not restricted and has been grow in the UK or anywhere else in the European union it can be moved within other European Union countries. Normally you can move a maximum of 5 plants, over 5 plants the plants needs to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate or a Plant Passport from a commercial grower that exports within the European union.