Work has been done to control the Giant Hogweed along the Bollin by contractors, landowners, volunteers, BEACON and United Utilities staff. We have started to work from the upstream end of the problem at Bankhall Lane in Hale, and have made our way down as far as Bowdon Sewage Treatment Works.
Most of the Giant Hogweed has been sprayed using a herbicide, and some dug up where the plants have not yet reached maturity.
However, not all of the Giant Hogweed plants can be treated as there are just too many for us to tackle. So, one way to prevent the plants spreading is to ‘decapitate’ them, or chop off the flowering head. To do this you need PPE to stop the Giant Hogweed sap burning your skin, and you need to get the Giant Hogweed at this time of year before the seeds ripen.
Two National Trust volunteers and a member of UU staff, helped out last week on a blisteringly hot day to contol the Giant Hogweed at Bowdon.
You can see here the enormity of the task ahead of us. Below is a bit of a before, during and after shot of the Giant Hogweed and its demise!
Thanks to the work of the volunteers and staff at United Utilities all the Giant Hogweed in the vicinity of the Sewage Treatment works at Bowdon was ‘decapitated’, which will help them and members of the Freinds of Bowdon Bollin in thier control work next year.