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Encroachment of dangerous giant hogweed by River Leam

Reported by Juliet Nickels at 13:16, Sat 3 June 2017

Sent to Warwick District Council and Warwickshire County Council 3 minutes later

This is an invasive, exotic species with high toxicity if touched and area then exposed to sunlight. It is also detrimental to the river ecosystem, killing and crowding out the native plants. Over the last couple of years it has increased dramatically in this area. The best method of control is to cut off the flower heads now before they set seed. Left, it will colonise the whole area, putting walkers at risk. Poisoning is not an effective option - this was tried a couple of years ago. We do not want any 'tidying' of the surrounding area, which is now an excellent meadow with lots of species. Ideally someone will be sent with a hedge trimmer which can be used at length. Protective clothing would be required.

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  • Unfortunately Warwickshire County Council do not own any footways or rights of way in this area. This is something that would need to be reported to The Canal and River Trust. Thank you.

    Posted by County Highways at 14:41, Mon 5 June 2017

  • I have contacted the Canal and River Trust and this part of the River Leam is not within their remit. This is not a walkway or right of way, but a flood meadow. Is this piece of land not owned by the council?

    Posted by Juliet Nickels at 22:08, Wed 7 June 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 21:12, Sat 1 July 2017

  • Responsibility for this was passed around from organisation to organisation. Not long ago, someone came to poison the plants. I do not know on whose authority, since no authority would accept responsibility. Poisoning was not effective last time. Cutting at the time I suggested was necessary, but it was ignored.

    Posted by Juliet Nickels at 21:12, Sat 1 July 2017

  • State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 11:00, Thu 15 March 2018

  • The plant dies down in winter. It has caused extensive damage to the riverside at this location. It has not been eradicated and remains to be seen how much it grows in the new season.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Juliet Nickels at 21:13, Thu 15 March 2018

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