Dangerous plant is spotted in the area
A dangerous plant that can cause permanent scarring has been found growing in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
Giant hogweed, also known as Heracleum mantegazzianum, spreads at aggressive rates, is invasive and potentially harmful.
Chemicals in the sap can cause photodermatitis or photosensitivity, where the skin becomes very sensitive to sunlight and may suffer blistering, pigmentation and longlasting scars.
A seven-year-old boy was left with painful burns all over his body after coming in to contact with the plant during a holiday in Wales.
And now the plant was been found growing in Fernhill and in Cambuslang, on Bridge Street, opposite from the entrance to the Morrison’s store.
Jackie McCutcheon, who lives on Neilvaig Drive, said: “They are growing right across from where I stay, the council need to get rid of this plant, look at what it’s done to people down south.”
Another resident f rom Cambuslang said: “The hogweed has been growing there for years and has always just been left to grow. You do wonder with kids playing around it if it’s an accident waiting to happen.”
Stephen Kelly, head of facilities, waste and ground services said: “The council’s ground services teams work diligently each year to control the presence of giant hogweed growing on council land, especially where it is identified on public open spaces and recreational areas.
“The grounds services team will today inspect the areas identified at both Bridge Street in Cambuslang and Neilvaig Drive in Fernhill and the weed will be treated with an appropriate systemic weedkiller.
“Areas of giant hogweed, reported and identified, will be checked each year for recurrence and treated accordingly.
“We would warn everyone, especially children, to be aware of this weed and the burns it can cause on contact.”