Giant Hogweed Warning

This is an important health and safety warning. Please alert your staff, pupils and their parents before your school breaks up for the summer holidays.

Giant Hogweed is a large toxic plant that has been identified growing in many areas along the River Irwell valley. The plant can cause severe blisters and burns and even blindness if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes. Skin can remain sensitive to sunlight for years after it has been affected. It is important for parents and their children to understand what the plant looks like and how to avoid being hurt by it.

Giant Hogweed is an invasive species which means it grows and spreads rapidly and it is difficult to destroy with weedkillers. Land owners are not required to remove Giant Hogweed growing on their land but efforts are going into try and manage the issue and signage has been displayed to warn the public at key sites where there is known to be a problem.

The advice is to avoid touching the plant. If you do touch Giant Hogweed the best course of action is to cover the affected area from sunlight and wash it with soap and water as soon as possible.

A warning poster is attached to help you raise awareness of this issue.

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  • To create a happy Roman Catholic atmosphere in which everyone can develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, morally and physically.
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St Joseph The Worker RC Primary School, Cutnook Ln, Irlam, Manchester M44 6GX