Public invited to talk on invasive plant species

Public invited to talk on invasive plant species

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A public talk and workshop focusing on best practice in the control of giant hogweed in counties Clare and Limerick will take place at Limerick County Hall in Dooradoyle on Wednesday 14 November from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Introduced to Ireland and Britain from Asia in the 19th century, giant hogweed can grow up to five metres in height and is infesting land across Ireland. It is an unwanted invasive plant because it produces a toxic sap that can cause severe burns on contact, and it damages the environment.

Jointly organised by Clare County Council and Limerick City & County Council the upcoming talk will be hosted by Dr. Frances Giaquinto, a well-known specialist in invasive plants. Dr. Giaquinto is currently assisting the local authorities in Clare and Limerick prepare a strategy to eradicate Giant hogweed from the Lower River Shannon catchment.

The talk promises to be lively, informative and based on the most recent evidence of best practice in giant hogweed control.

This will be an opportunity to learn how to recognise giant hogweed, where it grows, how it disperses, how to prevent it spreading further, how to eradicate it from your land and what to do if you come in contact with the sap. The event will be followed by a questions and answers session.

For further information contact: Tom O’Neill or Congella McGuire, Heritage Officers, Limerick and Clare County Councils.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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