Ron Murray, Biodiversity Officer, is co-ordinating a public meeting to discuss the Giant Hogweed problem in Gilford and surrounding areas. The meeting will be of particular interest to land owners who are experiencing a hogweed problem and need advice on extermination.
The meeting will take place in Gilford British Legion at on Tuesday 20th March.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Giant hogweed competes with native vegetation for space and resources shading out desirable vegetation. This results in loss of plant and invertebrate diversity.
- Death of the hogweed stem loosens surrounding soil that in high density stands can result in whole sections of riverbank being washed out.
- Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard as the toxins in the sap react with sunlight/UV ray causing the skin to blister and severe scarring.