New technique to control giant hogweed in Boyne shows signs of success


Conservation Halton (CH) is partnering on a ten-year project with the Milton Phase 3 Landowners Group to control Hogweed, a poisonous plant whose sap can cause blisters on the skin. The landowner group is made up of 19 community developers acting as project managers for the restoration of key natural heritage features and functions in the Boyne Valley lands.

Once completed, these lands will be dedicated to the town of Milton. “The elimination of giant hogweed and the restoration of Boyne’s lands is an innovative example of collaboration between a conservation authority and community developers. By using nature-based solutions, we are building more resilient ecosystems and protecting public safety, while saving time and money, ”said Conservation Halton President and CEO Hassaan Basit. Conservation Halton (CH) has successfully managed 1,820 m² of giant hogweed or around 11,000 stems to date.

According to Conservation Halton, the technique has sped up restoration of the Boyne Valley and reduced herbicide use by 99%. “This approach was possible in Boyne because the project area was not covered with native trees and shrubs,” said Nigel Finney, CH project manager.

CH will manage the remaining restoration projects in the region throughout the remaining restoration projects in the valley. The land will be transferred to the Town of Milton as a protected green space once the work is completed.

Shazia Nazir, Local Journalism Initiative, The Milton Reporter

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