Removing Giant Hogweed

Funding was given to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to provide herbicide treatment to remove Giant Hogweed along the Avon Water downstream of Sway.

Giant Hogweed, an introduced species from Southern Russia threatens our native wildlife, reduces access and presents a serious risk to human health.

Growing to a height of five metres, it contains a toxic sap which reacts with skin, causing ‘burning’ blisters and purple blotches. The burns can last for several months and even once they have died down skin can remain sensitive to light for many years afterwards.

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