Housebuilder accepts responsibility for 10ft giant hogweed near Perth homes



Typical giant hogweed
Typical giant hogweed

Muir Homes have admitted responsibility for the 10ft poisonous giant hogweed that is encroaching on worried Perth residents’ homes.

The Courier has reported that homeowners on Low Road and Glasgow Road demanded action to cull an invasive giant hogweed infestation between their gardens and the Craigie Burn.

Residents were scared to remove the toxic plant themselves as contact with it can cause huge blisters and burns on human skin, as well as possible blindness.

Fred Mulherron, of Low Road, believed the hogweed needed “professional culling” as removing it was beyond nearby homeowners’ knowledge and capabilities.

Councillor Willie Wilson demanded immediate action as the area was well used by children on their way to school.

After an investigation into who was responsible for controlling the area, Muir Homes admitted their subsidiary company Thain Homes owns the land that has been infested by the weed.

Mr Wilson said: “I have asked them to ensure this is tackled as a matter of urgency and they use a contractor with the requisite experience.

“We need action on this and I will chase this up to try to ensure the work is done as soon as possible.”

Giant hogweed tends to grow alongside rivers and canals, meaning unsuspecting members of the public may come into contact with it.

The weed contains chemicals that react with light when in contact with human skin, causing blistering within 48 hours.

If accidentally rubbed in the eyes, the sap can cause temporary or even permanent blindness.

The Royal Horticultural Society advises that when controlling giant hogweed, gloves should be used, arms and legs covered and a face mask worn.

Muir Group development director Stewart McPhail said: “It has now been established that the land at Low Road is owned by our subsidiary company Thain Homes.

“They have confirmed that they will get a specialist subcontractor out to price the remediation work and then undertake the necessary treatments.”