What is Giant Hogweed?

Giant Hogweed is a member of the carrot or parsley family and its most impressive characteristic is its size. It looks very similar to cow parsley, which is a common native plant in the UK. Giant Hogweed may colonise a wide variety of habitats but is most common along roadsides, other rights-of-way, vacant land, streams and rivers.

Why is Giant Hogweed a problem?

The toxic sap contains a substance that causes painful blisters. The blisters emerge when skin coated with the sap is exposed to sunlight. Keep children away from this plant and use extreme caution when handling it. Plants may be dug out, but care should be taken to remove much of the rootstalk. This can be difficult and unpleasant.

How can we help?

Invasive Weed Solutions first survey the site to identify and document the extent of infestation. A number of alternative approaches are then recommended for control, each recommendation being site specific taking into account location, level of infestation, extent of control required and the environmental impact of the control method.

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