A relative of Cow Parsley, Giant Hogweed escaped from cultivation and was first recorded in Cambridgeshire in 1828. Under ideal conditions, it is capable of growing to a height of 18ft and can out-compete many of our native plant species in the wild. Because of this, it is listed as a non-native invasive species, meaning it is an offence to cause it to grow in the wild.
Chemicals in the sap of this plant are capable of breaking down the UV protection in our skin, which causes it to become sensitive to sunlight. This loss of UV protection can result in blistering, pigmentation and long-lasting scars. Due to these effects, it is considered a risk to public health and local authorities will often seek to remove it from public places.
We can remove this plant along with any chance of it returning. If you think you have Giant Hogweed on your site, we can complete a free survey and provide you with all the options available for treatment and removal.