SAFETY INFORMATION

19th July 2017

Following recent news about poisonous Giant Hogweed, please find below some important information about this dangerous plant, along with its associated health and safety risks:

  • Giant hogweed is widespread in lowland Britain, and is invasive by lowland rivers and on waste land.
  • It is especially abundant by lowland streams and rivers, but also occurs widely on waste ground and in rough pastures.
  • It grows on moist fertile soils, achieving its greatest stature in partial shade. In more open grassland, flowering may be delayed by repeated grazing.
  • The plant produces phytotoxic sap.
  • On contact with human skin and combined with UV radiation, causes skin burnings.
  • The intensity of the reaction depends on individual sensitivity.

For further information, please see:

http://www.nonnativespecies.org/factsheet/factsheet.cfm?speciesId=1705

http://www.ywt.org.uk/giant-hogweed

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-33509053

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