Science fiction authors have written all sorts of wild stories about plants eating humans over the years but is there any truth in the myth? In the UK, we are some distance from the real nasty members of the plant world of the Amazon but we do have our own rogues’ gallery.
- Giant Hogweed
- Himalayan Balsam
- Japanese Knotweed
- Poison Ivy
I can safely say not one of these plants will eat you; bu,t their bark and their bite will cause you a lot of pain and even death. If they don’t burn the skin off you or cause you or your pet serious health issues, then they will cause your property some major technical problems that will prove costly.
All the plants we above grow across the UK and they are probably living close to you.
Due to the nature of these plants they have be put on the “ASBO plant-equivalent” – the Noxious Weeds UK list. Plants on this registry must be monitored and are required to be controlled by chemical or other means. Having Japanese knot weed on your property can lead to various issues: On a home report it would stop a mortgage application in it’s tracks; on a development site it would stop works until it was contained or removed.
The cost of chemically treating most of these is not overly onerous but can take up to several years to eradicate completely. Having a council notification placed on you will prove costly as specialised equipment is required, land fill costs for contaminated waste is eye-wateringly expensive and time is not on your side.
Regardless of what type of site is your responsibility; if you have any of these weeds on-site, you have a duty of care to deal with them. In some cases it could be as easy as coning the areas off. In others, it could require a professional to identify the procedure, carry out a desktop survey, prepare RAMS, contact the appropriate authorities, kill the weeds, carry out a final survey and sign off paperwork. Over the past two decades Inex Works has been heavy involved in all aspects of dealing with these types of rogue weeds.
By Land, By Sea and By Air.
We know altruistically no business wants harm to come to other people’s property or, worse, themselves or their animals. Realistically, causing injury to someone or their pet through lack of awareness or maintenance, is also an open door to lawsuits in these litigious times.
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