Giant hogweed in full growth near Conna bridge in recent times. (Picture: Lorna Macdonald)

A plan to permanently remove poisonous giant hogweed plants from the Bride Valley has been delayed for a year due to Covid-19.

However, Cork County Council officials have sought to reassure people that the next phase of the work will commence in 2021. 

A council spokesman said that giant hogweed is problematic for a number of reasons, including its impact on human health.

The plant’s sap contains a chemical which sensitises human skin and can lead to severe blistering when the skin is then exposed to sunlight; the reaction can recur for years after first exposure. 

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