Tuesday, 22 May 2012

River Severn Custodians "Hate Hogweed" event

The River Severn Custodians removed over 200 giant hogweed plants from riverside woodland next to Vaynor playing field in Newtown last weekend.
Dressed in full protective clothing, including gauntlets and goggles, the volunteers dug into the root of the plants and stacked them in heaps to compost down. Giant hogweed grows up to 5 metres high and has huge umbrellla like leaves which are covered with poisonous hairs. A brush with giant hogweed can leave people and pets with huge, painful blisters. These nasty non-native weeds are spreading rapidly through the Welsh countryside and the Custodians have risen to the challenge of tackling them. More Hate Hogweed days are planned. Contact Mike Davies at cariad_uk@tiscali.co.uk to find out more.

 Kath is Treasurer to the group.

Photographing the photographer!
David Pugh is documenting the work of the Custodians over the course of the year.

One of about 10 composting piles of giant hogweed leaves created on the day.

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