British Horse Society applauds efforts of local council in
the fight against Ragwort
City Council, in a bid to control the spread of Ragwort, are holding
a 'Ragwort clearance morning' at Aconbury Orchard, nr Newton Hospital,
Worcester, on Saturday 3 April from 10.00 am onwards.
(Senecio Jacobaea) contains the toxic properties of several pyrrolizidine
alkaloids (PA) which are poisonous to equines, cattle, deer, sheep,
pigs, goats, dogs and humans, with equines being the most susceptible.
Even small amounts of ragwort ingested by equines will cause damage
to the liver with clinical signs only showing once the liver is
75% destroyed, at which stage the damage is irreversible.
British Horse Society sponsored Ragwort Control Act became law on
20 February 2004 and provides for a statutory code of practice to
prevent and control the spread of ragwort, the first time such a
code has been established.
BHS is delighted that Worcester County Council are taking such a
'hands on' approach to combat this weed. The council is inviting
everyone to come along, whether they are horse owners, land owners,
or just interested in finding out more on Ragwort. Protective gloves
and tools will be provided.
more information, and a location plan, please contact Rory McClure,
tel 01905 722500, Worcester City Council, Orchard House, Farrier
Street, Worcester WR1 3BB (during office hours). A second clearance
day is also planned for the 17 July 2004