Hog­weed warn­ing

Dan­ger­ous plant is spot­ted in the area

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

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.”

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