Giant Hogweed work gets underway

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Regular readers will know that we work each year to tackle this toxic and invasive plant which loves to grow along the river. In addition to beginning the treatment work at the beginning of April, this week the survey work also got underway. Year 5 of our research project studying the effects of different methods of Giant Hogweed control on surrounding plants – with the aim of reducing our use of herbicide.

Survey team start inspecting the quadrats

Staff and Volunteers are fully trained, licensed and very experienced in the control of Giant Hogweed which is just as well as they faced the challenge of over 20,000 plants up the Murrayburn on Wednesday – see main photo

We are very concerned about this patch in the upper reaches of the Murrayburn as it is the major source of seed for the whole urban section of the river, and if we do not tackle these plants we will never rid the river of this toxic weed.

This year the team are enjoying new equipment thanks Nature Restoration capital funding from the Scottish Government which was awarded to City of Edinburgh Councils Parks and Greenspaces team for distribution. Our INNS project work now has new waders, PPE, spray kit and GSP devises for survey work

New spray kit and PPE

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