Potentially poisonous plants

You may have seen this story in the news today –

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2015-07-09/children-severely-burned-by-hogweed-plants-in-greater-manchester-parks/

This particular plant was by a riverbank but of course our own back gardens can contain potentially harmful plants. Here at Aston Childcare I have fully assessed the garden and noted any potentially harmful plants using the Horticultural Trades Associations (HTA) list of potentially hazardous plants.

We are all likely to have at least one of these in our own garden and common sense should prevail as, ultimately, all non-food plants contain chemicals which could potentially cause mild poisoning (e.g. stomach upset or stomach pain) if eaten (though serious poisonings remain rare), so we need to ensure we avoid those plants which are the most toxic and educating the children not to eat anything (in the playground, garden at home, park or countryside) unless an adult has said it is perfectly safe to do so.

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