Posted: 11/11/2014 at 08:08
I think a little perspective is needed here. Until all the facts are known about the unfortunate death of this man, it's easy to get carried away. I personally find it strange that brushing past this plant is immediately being cited as the cause. There are loads of plants which can cause harm but, as a parent, my children knew they didn't eat anything in the garden unless they checked with me first.
I grew up with a Laburnum in the front garden and I never had any desire whatsoever to eat any part of it, but my Mum created an air of mystery about it as she kept going on about it being poisonous. That made me more curious than I might have been, so a balance is needed - as in most things in life.