Posted: 15/07/2015 at 17:02
When I was a child I used to go out around the field margins, wearing shorts sandals and short sleeved tee shirts, and we'd pick sacks full of the common hogweed for our pet rabbits, Ma's milking goats and for any pigs that were a bit under the weather. It never did me any harm.
Giant hogweed is a foreign introduction and can be nasty if you brush against it with bare skin, particularly I believe if you then get bright sunshine on the rash. That being said, it won't leap out and attack you, as the Daily Mail seems to suggest , neither does it's presence herald the End of the World!!!
if you see a very large umbellifer and you're not sure which it is just keep away from it.