NatureScot and Care of Burns in Scotland Managed Clinical Network (COBIS) have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by giant hogweed. 

Giant hogweed sap contains a toxic chemical, which sensitises the skin to sunlight and causes severe blisters, resulting in burns which can be serious and long lasting. Every year gardeners, walkers, children and animals are hurt by the plant.

Although giant hogweed is not native to Scotland, it is widespread across central and eastern parts of the country. It is commonly found along river banks, on waste ground and beside roads and train tracks.

As part of the campaign a downloadable warning poster has been created that can be shared and displayed in front of patches of dangerous giant hogweed.

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