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Plant capable of causing burns being cut down at Preston park

Posted on - 30th June, 2017 - 10:54am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, News, Parks, Preston City Centre
The plant, seen on the left with the white flowers, can cause burns
The plant, seen on the left with the white flowers, can cause burns

A plant capable of causing severe skin rashes and burns growing next to a children’s playground in Preston is being removed.

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Preston City Council’s parks officers are in attendance at the playground near Avenham Park to cut back the cows parsnip.

A concerned parent contacted Blog Preston after seeing the plant growing near the gate to enter the playground.

The playground, just past The Boulevard, is well-used by families in the area.

Read more: Toxic giant hogweed found growing by the River Ribble

Catching yourself on the plant, which is similar to giant hogweed, can cause burns and severe skin reactions.

A close-up of the cows parsnip seen growing in Preston
A close-up of the cows parsnip seen growing in Preston

The city council’s parks department has been deployed to cut it down.

A council spokeswoman said: “We appreciate when the public reports this to us, as they most likely see it before we do. This is one of the many jobs the Parks team’s list for today.”

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