BHS Supporting Efforts to Eliminate Toxic Weed

The BHS is launching the first part of their 2007 Ragwort Awareness Campaign, urging all concerned parties to get pulling to prevent the spread of Ragwort.

They will once again be holding two Ragwort Awareness Weeks; April 2-8 and September 17-23, which have been sponsored by Ragfork and Robinsons Country Leisure.

"We receive a large number of calls and emails from people concerned about Ragwort growing in their area," said Rachel Molloy, BHS acting senior executive of welfare. "Our aim is to continue to educate horse and land owners of the dangers Ragwort poses to grazing animals and human health."

The Welfare department is calling for volunteers to organize Ragwort pulling parties to remove the deadly weed where it is growing on and near grazing land. Ragfork has donated 100 Ragforks, available to the first 100 people to request one for their own pulling party.

As an added incentive, Robinsons Country Leisure are providing cash prizes for the three teams showing the best effort or most initiative. To enter teams are asked to email or send in a brief report by May 1, including a before, after, and team photograph.

The Welfare department can provide campaign posters and flyers to advertise your event. They can also supply BHS advisory literature on Ragwort, and Defra Codes of Practice on Ragwort disposal and spread prevention.

The BHS strongly recommends wearing gloves at all times when handling Ragwort and protecting your skin from contact with the weed. They also advise that pullers get landowner permission before weeding.

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