SP1770 : Giant Hogweed by the M40

taken 8 years ago, near to Kingswood, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Giant Hogweed by the M40
Giant Hogweed by the M40
Close to the Lapworth Street crossing. This specimen has not yet flowered but the leaves, the stem and its sheer size are enough to identify it. AVOID! Report it the local authority or the landowner. It is important to prevent it setting seed but equally important not to come into direct contact with the plant, especially its sap. Despite its undesirability and threatening character, it remains an impressive and handsome plant.

It would appear that it is an offence under Section 14 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act to allow Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) to grow, assuming that it is classed as a non-native invasive species. I gathered this much from the labyrinthine DEFRA website LinkExternal link but cannot find the relevant page again.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 14 June, 2010
Road > Motorway   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1780 7007 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:19.7062N 1:44.4138W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1780 7007
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