Posted: 29/08/2014 at 11:57
Bringing in uncontrolled plant specimens as seeds, cutting or whole plants form non EU countries is fraught with danger - bacteria, viruses and pests can all get in and establish themselves quickly where there is no local resistance or predators.
Commercial growers and suppliers are required to follow strict standards and be licensed. Bringing unlicensed and unprocessed stuff in from outside the EU is just plain daft especially given how easy it is to source quality checked seeds via the internet these days.
OZ, NZ and the USA are strict for good reasons. Asia will catch up one day to protect their own flora and fauna. We already know we need stricter controls within the UK to prevent invasive critters anf illnesses coming in form eastern EU countries - ash tree sickness, horse-chestut bugs, invasive pond life.
Amateurs should not risk our own flora and fauna by exposing it thoughtlessly to foreign bodies of any sort.