Giant Hogweed has been reported growing alongside the footpath from Henbury Rise to Whirley and has been reported to the authorities.. Giant hogweed produces sap that burns and blisters skin. . The toxic part is the sap but you can be burned by touching the leaf which has hairs that contain the sap. Even stroking a dog that has been in contact with the plant can give you burns.
Giant hogweed can grow up to five metres tall, often along footpaths and riverbanks. If the sap of the plant comes into contact with your skin, it can cause severe, painful burns and make your skin sensitive to strong sunlight.
What to do: If you touch a giant hogweed, cover the affected area and wash it with soap and water. The blisters heal very slowly and can develop into phytophotodermatitis, a type of skin rash which flares up in sunlight. If you feel unwell after contact with giant hogweed, speak to your doctor.
More news from Henbury
Looking for a walk to do over Christmas time?Henbury resident, and keen walker, David Walker has kindly suggested the following two routes around Henbury (maps attached below).The first walk is all road, about 5 miles but it is one we used to do with the family on Boxing Day and still do on a Monday if the weather is bad. The route is Henbury Rise to Moss Cottage/Mossways (the only real...
St Thomas' Church in Henbury have two festive events coming up this weekend:Members of the Entertainments Committee at St Thomas' Church are organising a Festive Coffee Morning on Saturday 8 December.Doors open 10 am for 10.30 am. Tickets £3.50 to include a rum coffee and home made mince pies. Stalls include raffle, tombola, cake stall and much more.Then on Sunday 9...
Old photos of Bearhurst Farm?The Henbury Online Webteam have received a plea to see if we can find any old photos of Bearhurst Farm. Sue writes:"I am trying to find photos of Bearhurst Farm when it was a farm. My father was the nephew of Charlie & Harry Lomas, who worked the farm until its closure. My father has dementia now, but still speaks very fondly of his holidays at the farm...
St Thomas' Church Hall