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Warnings over 'dangerous' weeds

Giant Hogweed (Pic: Duncan Revell)
Giant Hogweed can lead to severe blistering of the skin

Landowners on the Isle of Man are being reminded about the dangers of weeds which could cause harm to humans or wreck local wildlife.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has warned people that such weeds must be cut back by law from 1 August.

The law covers weeds such as the Giant Hogweed, the sap of which attacks the skin and leads to severe blistering.

Other weeds include Spear Thistle, Broadleafed Dock and Ragwort.

Creeping or Field Thistle, Curled Dock, Ragwort (Cushag) and Wild Oats are also included under the Weeds Act 1957.

A statement from DAFF said: "It is an offence punishable by a fine for any landowner or occupier of land to permit injurious weeds to remain uncut or not destroyed on or after 1 August, or any earlier date if the weeds are developing flowers.

"The Act also provides that, where spraying with a weed killer is intended, the landowner or occupier shall, before doing so, give at least 48 hours previous notice of such intention to the occupier of pasture land in the immediate vicinity."

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