Giant Hogweed returns - please take care

Giant Hogweed returns - please take care

Giant Hogweed has been found in several locations on or near public footpaths. See map of locations and photos of the sites.

Positions marked on map-

1. On stream banks and by footbridge over stream at north end of Bath Plantation.
2. Beside gate between field just south of Park Nook.
3. Where footpath emerges onto The Common at Park Nook.
4. On the verge on the south side of The Common by field gateway at Park Nook.

There may also be growths of Giant Hogweed in other locations around the Parish, so please be alert and take care.

Although attractive to look at this plant is not one to go near, and certainly not brush against as its sap can cause burns. It contains furocoumarin, an organic chemical compound which makes skin extremely sensitive to sunlight. Sap on the skin plus sunshine can lead to painful and long-lasting burns.

The landowners are dealing with this unwelcome visitor. In the meantime, please take note of the warning signs and give it a wide berth.

For more information on Giant Hogweed follow the Woodland Trust link https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/06/giant-hogweed-facts/

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2022 10:03 by Matthew Pitt

Tags: Footpaths, Giant Hogweed