Tread carefully with Giant Hogweed, urges trade body

National trade body The Property Care Association is calling on local authorities, statutory bodies, landowners and property professionals to treat Giant Hogweed with caution.

Giant hogweed. Image: PCA
Giant hogweed. Image: PCA

In recent weeks the invasive weed has been in the media spotlight, with incidents of injuries being reported, including to children.

Giant Hogweed sap is extremely toxic to the skin in sunlight, making it a serious and significant danger to public health, including for those such as parks staff who may be attempting to control the plant.

Contact with any part of the plant, followed by exposure to sunlight, can cause severe blistering to the skin and discomfort. Scars and discomfort may continue for years after the incident.

Further information on the plant is now available in the form of a Guidance Note from The Property Care Association (PCA).

History and identification, the impact of Giant Hogweed, and details of control methods are all discussed – and further guidance is also offered on the health risks associated with this invasive weed.

In September the PCA is holding a specialised conference, dedicated to the subject of non-native invasive plants including Giant Hogweed.

'Understanding Invasive Weeds: Japanese Knotweed, Fact and Fiction' takes place on 23 September at The Vale Resort, Hensol, Cardiff.

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