MP Warns of Giant Hogweed Threat

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Categories: Constituency, Environment

Spring and Warmer Weather Will See Return of Dangerous Plant

Visitors and residents in Stirling should keep aware of Giant Hogweed and the potential health impact of exposure, warns Stirling MP Alyn Smith – as the plant continues to spread across gardens, derelict land and waterways in Stirling.

An invasive species, Giant Hogweed grows up to 3.5 metres tall, with each plant head potentially containing as much as 50,000 seeds. The sap from the plant is extremely dangerous, and skin exposed to it and sunlight can blister – leading to permanent scars and even blindness if it gets into the eyes.

Whilst Stirling Council is responsible for controlling the plant if found on Council land, elsewhere it is the responsibility of private landowners to take steps to eradicate the dangerous plant.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘Giant Hogweed remains an extremely dangerous plant, with waterways and derelict land becoming a breeding ground. Seeds can be carried downstream for miles, and once a plant has taken root in an area, the sheer number of seeds it can produce means the issue will only grow worse with time.

‘Warmer weather will increase the likelihood of Stirling visitors or residents coming into contact with Giant Hogweed. I’d urge members of the public to remain vigilant, stay away from the plant and report any sightings of it on Council land. Anyone impacted should seek urgent medical advice.’

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Pictured is Giant Hogweed 

RHS guidance is here.