WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
Danger of Countryside Verges
The danger of ragwort
to animals is being taken so seriously that workmen are ready to pull
up the weed and burn it when hear about new sightings in Warwickshire.
some horse riders have complained there is still too much of the
poisonous weed, the county council said its policy is to get rid of
the yellow peril as soon as it is noticed.
The ragwort is one of
the most common causes of poisioning in horse and cattle. It can
fatally harm their liver and digestive system.
A county council
“Our policy is to
pull it, bag it and burn it. Where we are notified we will act as
soon as we can.
“It is a high
priority for us and we will send a crew out as soon as possible.
Obviously at this time of year we have more people on holiday, but
we will go as soon as we can.
“It is a high
priority to us at this time of year and we have a pro-active
The county council is
responsible for most roads in Warwickshire, except for trunk roads
like the A45 and A46 and motorways, but obviously these are not used
by horses, but they could graze in fields nearby.
Just pulling at the
weed probably does more harm than good - if the seed head bursts, it
will just lead to more ragwort. The wind will blow the seed and just
spread the weed.
From June, the plant
starts to grow and it has flowers packed together. It is bright yellow
The British Horse
Society has a leaflet about ragwort and its dangers, advising owners
why they should avoid the weed and says:
“The horse owner
has a very clear duty to protect his stock from what can only be
described as a horrible and unnecessary death.”
HERE TO SEE BHS LEAFLET ON RAGWORT.