East Lothian Countryside Volunteers (ELCV)

ELCV run a Giant Hogweed landowner voluntary eradication programme on the East Lothian River Tyne and all it's tributaries. It is a long-term project of eradication as there are many seeds in the soil seed bank which will germinate over the next 10 years. The objective is to ensure that no Giant Hogweed plants flower exist on the 48 miles of the river Tyne in East Lothian to reduce further seed being added to the soil.

They are now at the end of Year 2 and are about to declare the entire River Tyne free of Giant Hogweed plants for 2020. This project involves landowners who do the eradication and volunteers who survey the river and add all the plants using a GPS app on to an on-line map that the land owners can use to find the plants using google GPS technology on their smart phones.

This is a truly unique project funded by the landowners and run by volunteers. They have been fortunate to have been donated some Roundup for treating the plants by Bayer UK. James Wyllie is a volunteer Coordinator of this project having completed a similar project on the Biel and Whittingehame Water over the last 25 years which was 8 miles of river recovering it from a very wall to wall intensive infestation of Giant Hogweed to now nil.