HEREFORDSHIRE Council has sent a warning to people about the dangers of giant hogweed this summer.

Giant hogweed is potentially invasive and the sap can cause severe skin burns.

It is widely distributed in the wild and poses a serious risk to people who are unaware of its potential for harm.



A tweet by Herefordshire Council said: "Please be on the look out for giant hogweed this summer.

"The sap from this invasive species can make the skin become very sensitive to sunlight and you may suffer blistering, pigmentation and long-lasting scars."

Giant hogweed can reach over three metres (10 feet) in height.

The plant can be found in gardens and allotments adjacent to infested woodland, heathland or common land.