How Did It Get Up There?

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Invasive Species are so clever at getting into the strangest of places. Just look at the Giant Hogweed we found growing from a rail bridge foundation, 15ft above a footpath in Manchester City Centre.

It’s hard to believe that anything would grow in this location, but as with all unwanted species they have a habit of thriving in the most unusual places. The reason Giant Hogweed (Heracleum Mantegazzianum) spreads so quickly is the fact it can easily out-compete the majority of other shrubs and native weeds by easily growing up to 5 meters in height. Each growth also contains between 1,500 and 100,000 seeds per annum. Little wonder then that Giant Hogweed thrives so readily.

Further to the Boxing Day floods of 2015, seeds have been distributed over a new area of land and in 2016 we have seen new occurrences of Giant Hogweed, growing in the back gardens of residential properties and commercial premises near to the rivers that burst their banks at the end of last year.

Remember that Giant Hogweed is dangerous and can cause severe, long lasting burns when in contact with the skin. The advice is to leave well alone and get in touch with a specialist just like us, able to deal with the problem safely and efficiently.