Who Would Live In Marsh Like This?
As weird as it sounds the sap from the plant causes phytophotodermatitis, which basically means it causes chemical burns so bad that it damages the DNA in the victim's skin causing the wound to 'reactivate' when exposed to sunlight. Horrific stuff! Its understandable why a conservation charity would accept the use of pesticides on their land in this particular circumstance, particularly along the pathways.
|Some of the materials they'd used for a makeshift shelter|
in amongst the Hogweed.
|Previous year's stem, note the large 'umbrella'|
and freakishly thick stem.
When fully grown it can stand at over two metres tall, appears 'umbrella' like and possesses a pretty hefty three to four inch thick stem at its base. Obviously if you're ever going to handle this plant you will need gloves and full body protection including for your eyes and face. Do not fuck about with this plant!