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Unwelcome visitor putting down roots on Norfolk coast

PUBLISHED: 17:40 03 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:40 03 July 2016

Giant Hogweed which is growing along Water Lane in West Runton. Local resident Terry Miller (pictured) wants it removed as it can cause severe burns to human skin if it comes into contact. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Giant Hogweed which is growing along Water Lane in West Runton. Local resident Terry Miller (pictured) wants it removed as it can cause severe burns to human skin if it comes into contact. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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It is a toxic invader that has taken hold in hedges and fields and is now, it seems, making an unwelcome appearance on the coast. This giant hogweed, one of many, has been spotted sprouting at West Runton by local resident Terry Miller (pictured).

Giant Hogweed which is growing along Water Lane in West Runton.

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREGiant Hogweed which is growing along Water Lane in West Runton. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The plant, which was introduced to Britain from the Caucasus Mountains in the 19th century, is potentially harmful to humans causing the skin to become sensitive to sunlight. It can result in blistering and scars and should be avoided.

Anyone spotting Giant Hogweed should email nbis@norfolk.gov.uk.

3 comments

  • Circa 1979, went to see Steve Hackett in West Runton. Can't remember him doing Return of the Giant Hogweed back then. Just googled it. Version on you tube is Royal Albert Hall. Some progression from West Runton. Hope the same thing doesn't happen with the hogweed. Damn things will take over the planet given half a chance. Heracleum mantegazziani

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, July 4, 2016

  • Its really dangerous stuff. I think it can hurt you even if you don't touch it. The burns and scars take ages to go away. Treat it like a Triffid.

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    Resident Smith

    Sunday, July 3, 2016

  • Return of the Giant Hogweed-a classic early Genesis song when Peter Gabriel reigned supreme.

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    rikki nadir

    Sunday, July 3, 2016

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