Kids warned to avoid giant hogweed plant
Nasty weed discovered
Parents are being warned to keep their children away from giant hogweed this summer.
The plant has been spotted in several areas around Rutherglen and Cambuslang, especially near the River Clyde, East Kilbride Road, Greenlees Road and in the Cathkin area.
Often described as the UK’s “most dangerous plant,” reports of giant hogweed have increased due to warmer conditions.
The weeds can cause burns and blisters to the skin and can even lead to hospitalisation.
South Lanarkshire Council say they have no record of giant hogweed on their land, but that does not mean it is not found in Rutherglen or Cambuslang.
Head of facilities, waste and ground services, Alistair McKinnon, 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.
“Areas of giant hogweed, reported and identified, will be checked each year for recurrence and treated accordingly.
“No giant hogweed is identified in our data base of invasive weeds in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang area.
“We would warn everyone, especially children, to be aware of this weed and the burns it can cause on contact.”
Trade group, the Property Care Association (PCA), has advised people to take precautions.
If contact is made with the plant, the affected area should be covered from sunlight and the skin washed with water as quickly as possible.
The plant can grow up to three metres tall with a 20cm thick stem and a large, white, umbrella-shaped flowering head.
It has sharply serrated or divided leaves which can grow up to 2m wide with bristles on the underside.
The stem is usually covered in bristles and has blotchy purple markings.
Green giant Hogweed towers over Reformer editor Douglas Dickie