Unwelcome visitor putting down roots on Norfolk coast
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.