what is giant hogweed and how does it affect you?
Giant Hogweed is a highly invasive, non-native plant which is injurious to humans and animals. This plant is often found along the banks of rivers where its aggressive growth quickly shades out our native plants reducing their habitat and resulting in bank erosion. Like Japanese Knotweed, it is a criminal offence to grow or cause the growth of Giant Hogweed.
There is more public awareness of Giant Hogweed in recent years with injuries being publicised in tabloids. From a health & safety perspective it is good practice to take measures to reduce the risk where possible.