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Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife and Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 it is an offence to introduce Giant Hogweed into the wild.
Although you are allowed to have Giant Hogweed on your own land you cannot allow it to spread onto adjacent land. The landowner could take legal action against you. Giant Hogweed is classed as a controlled waste and has to be disposed of at a licensed landfill site.
“You could be fined up to £5,000 or be sent to prison for up to 2 years if you allow contaminated soil or plant material from any waste you transfer to spread into the wild” quoted from YouGOV.UK on harmful weeds and invasive non-native plants spreading.
Due to the sheer size of Giant Hogweed, it manages to out-compete other native plants for natural resources such as water, light and space. The smaller plants around Giant Hogweed will slowly die out, decreasing biodiversity within the surrounding area. This can leave river banks bare during the Winter and vulnerable to erosion and floods.
Click below for more information on Giant Hogweed such as help with identifying the plant, options to remove it and also the health risks it poses.Useful Giant Hogweed Info
Find out what the Property Care Association thinks about Giant Hogweed and their advice on eradicating it from your property..PCA Guide on Giant Hogweed