Summer warnings over toxic garden weed that causes horrific burns
Northern Lincolnshire residents are warned of the dangers of toxic and invasive weeds that can cause severe blistering and discomfort.
Over the years, a number of children and adults have reported injuries after exposure to the invasive weed known in the UK as giant hogweed.
With the summer vacation coming, the Property Care Association (PCA) is urging vigilance to guard against injury.
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Dr. Peter Fitzsimons, technical director of the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group, said, “Giant hogweed juice is extremely toxic to the skin in sunlight, making it a public health hazard.
“Youngsters are more likely to come into contact with the plant in summer, and the mix of warm weather and rain provides good conditions for the weeds to spread this year.
“Giant hogweed is also spreading over a larger area, which means people are more likely to encounter it.
(Image: Hull Daily Mail)
“If someone comes in contact with part of the plant and is subsequently exposed to sunlight, they can experience severe blistering and discomfort, and this reaction can recur for many years.”
Despite its attractive appearance, hogweed is dangerously poisonous and thrives in the warm weather of recent summers. It was allowed to take an abandoned piece of land near the Hull Royal Infirmary and the MKM Stadium.
The giant plant, which can cause aggressive blisters on the skin if not washed immediately, was spotted overlooking the walkway between Argyle Street and the 25,000-seat stadium.
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Giant hogweed can produce up to 30,000 to 50,000 seeds that can survive in the ground for several years.
The invasive weeds can grow up to five meters high.
Dr. Fitzsimons added: “The general public, as well as local authorities, authorities and landowners on whose property people may come into contact with the plant should be aware of the risks and giant hogweed must be professionally controlled and managed.”
The PCA also provides an opportunity to identify specialized contractors and consultants who have the expertise to control and manage invasive species such as giant hogweed, as well as other plants such as Japanese knotweed. “
A full list of Invasive Weed Control companies is available in the Find A Specialist section of the PCA website, and more details on invasive weeds in general are also available there.
The PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group has published a guide on the topic of “Managing Giant Bear Claw”.
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