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Become an entrepreneur! Expand your scope of business activity! Obtain a certificate from the "Palący Problem - Heracleum" Foundation for the control of Sosnowsky’s hogweed and similar species! With the certificate you can apply for funds to the County Labour Offices for setting up a business and community funds for the purchase of innovative solutions for professional and effective control of invasive hogweed species. We provide you with the opportunity to gain a new skill in the professional control of invasive plant species, particularly Sosnowsky’s hogweed, also in protected sites. (More information about available training in the article Offer re. hogweed control, training). As this plant is present on a massive scale in every European country, work can be found not only in Poland but throughout Europe. We will share with you our professional knowledge (training or a compendium of knowledge - manual) and issue a licence for using the patent-protected PASTWA apparatus. We have long-term experience and recommendations of communes and research centres. In 2014, at the request of the General Directorate for Environmental Protection, we prepared "Guidelines for the Control of Sosnowsky’s Hogweed (Heracleum sosnowskyi) and Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in Poland ".


Map 3. Spread of giant hogweed throughout Europe



Presence of giant hogweed (H. mantegazzianum) and Sosnowsky’s hogweed (H. sosnowskyi)

Presence of Persian hogweed (H. persicum)

Native distribution in the Caucasus

(acc. to Jahodova et al. 2007)

Heracleum mantegazzianum

Heracleum persicum

Heracleum sosnowskyi


Spread of Heracleum species in respective countries

(acc. to CABI Factsheet, supplemented)

grey - Data not available

blue - Local, single stands

dark blue - Restricted, stands in single regions

indigo - Regional, stands in numerous regions

purple - Widespread, stands in the majority or all regions


An employment opportunity for several generations – a huge labour market due to the massive presence of hogweed and gradual detection of new invasion sites. For example, in Germany, 1 hour of hogweed control services costs EUR 30 - 35.

As a Foundation, we have the know-how, experience and equipment to control hogweed, as well as very good results in limiting the population of this dangerous plant. We have the right to sell the equipment together with a license at a very competitive price until the end of 2016, see the article Innovative PASTWA Method and Technique. The hogweed eradication apparatus is simple and safe to use,  environmentally-friendly and highly effective. It can be used for mass application on commune and private land.

PASTWA EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE (treatments carried out by a single person)

product application time: 3 - 6 seconds = eradication of 1 plant

1 minute = eradication of 10 plants

1 hour = eradication of 600 plants

1 day (8 hours) = eradication of 4800 plants

1 month (22 work days) = 105,600 mature plants eradicated (ca. 3.5 ha)

Europe spends huge amounts on restricting the expansion of hogweed. In 2008, the cost of controlling invasive alien species and repairing of related damages in the European Union was estimated at EUR 9.6 – 12.7 billion. In Denmark, the annual cost of controlling hogweed per 1 ha ranges from EUR 20k (chemicals) to more than EUR 30k (manual methods). Data for 2012 from the website. The project, "Free the Environment of Sosnowsky’s Hogweed” implemented since June 2014 in 30 communes in the Małopolskie Province is a good example of allocating considerable community funds for the eradication of hogweed.


Our ideas on how to control hogweed and make profit:

1) livestock grazing – alpacas from the Camelidae family

The breeding of alpacas seems to be a relatively easy and profitable business. These animals have very limited living needs and are resistant to low temperatures. Approximately 20 alpacas can be bred per hectare. Since alpacas mainly feed on green fodder they can subsequently eat the young invasive plants. The benefits of breeding alpacas include very high quality wool, tasty meat and a natural fertiliser used in horticulture.

2) plantations of valuable and fast-growing tree species (Oxytree), also in ruderal areas.

Offer re. hogweed control, training Drukuj Email



The Foundation offers hogweed control services throughout Europe, incorporating different methods, particularly, the innovative PASTWA Method and Technique in any terrain, including state-owned forests, national parks and protected areas without  jeopardising the safety of  flora and fauna – safe for bees.

Established in 2010, we focus on raising risk awareness and on measures aimed to reduce the uncontrolled expansion in Poland of Sosnowsky’s hogweed - a plant that is extremely dangerous to human and animal health.

Studies conducted recently by research teams from the University of Ecology and Management in Warsaw proved the presence of Sosnowsky’s hogweed as an invasive and highly expansive species in Poland. In 1995, the official documents of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry listed 48 hogweed stands. According to the studies conducted by the Laboratory of Applied Plant Ecology at the University of Ecology and Management in Warsaw, the total number of tested stands till the end of July 2012 was 128, and the number from more recent reports totalled 521.

(see. map download).

Taking measures aimed at controlling hogweed is the duty of local authorities. This has been presented in the position of the Government of the Republic of Poland included in the response of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to the interpellation of MP Witold Pahl, and in the Act on commune authorities (JoL from 2001  No 142, item 1591, as amended). On 9 September 2011, the Minister of Environment passed a regulation on the list of alien plant and animal species, that could be a threat to native species or natural habitats in case of their release into the natural environment (JoL of 4 October 2011 No. 210, item 1260). The annex to this regulation includes Sosnowsky’s hogweed.

If your commune has been invaded by Sosnowsky’s hogweed or borders with such a commune, the health of the inhabitants and the natural environment are at risk. Therefore, supported by relevant provisions of the amended Act of 24 April 2003 on public benefit activities and voluntary work (JoL from 2010 No. 234, item 1536) we call for measures to manage the invasion of this species in an organised manner.

So far, experience in the control of this plant has shown that we need to put together and implement a coordinated, long-term Sosnowsky’s Hogweed Control Programme within communes.

Given the seriousness of the threat and the potential impact on communes in case the measures proposed by our Foundation are not introduced, we urge you to take on, as soon as possible, relevant, long-term and well-planned actions to fight this plant; a plant that is highly dangerous to human and animal health, and causes not only environmental degradation, but also material losses to the residents and commune budgets.

The Foundation pursuits the mission of controlling hogweed invasion by:

- organising for its own use and supporting watchdog activities as regards the distribution of hogweed stands and measures taken by communes;

- helping communes organise the Commune Hogweed Control Programme

- identifying hogweed species and issuing expert opinions

- conducting:

1) training – workshops on the practical methods for eradicating Sonsowsky’s hogweed and similar species and Safety & Hygiene at Work for local authority staff, enterprises and private individuals, complete with a final certificate;

2) training on the application of plant protection products using field equipment, apart from equipment mounted on rail vehicles and other equipment used in railway, on counselling related to plant protection products and integrated production, aimed to eradicate invasive hogweed species:

The training ends with an exam and a certificate valid for 5 years.

3) inventory – Inventory and valorisation and forecasting of giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum s.l.) and Sosnowsky’s hogweed (Heracleum sosnowskyi Maden) presence in communes, prepared in close cooperation between the Foundation and experienced scientists.

4) educational and information activities.

5) supervision and monitoring of the performance of entities responsible for hogweed control in the commune.


Upon your request, the Foundation will either undertake or support these type of measures in your commune.


The “Palący Problem – Heracleum” Foundation is entered into the Register of entrepreneurs conducting plant protection training under the number 08/01/3123 and carries out business activities in all the provinces in Poland.

Innovative PASTWA Method and Technique Drukuj Email

Do you know that you can control Sosnowsky’s hogweed without destroying the natural environment?

The innovative PASTWA Method and Technique and Equipment allows you to focus on the safe eradication, in any growth season and on a massive scale, of plants that could produce and sow seeds, as well as plants that have already flowered and produced green seeds. The plants undergo complete decomposition. This method eliminates the risk of inhaling highly dangerous herbicide vapours, and minimizes contact between the solution and men and the natural environment.

Since 2014, the "Palący Problem - Heracleum" Foundation has been offering the only in Poland apparatus protected by a Polish patent PAT.220254 and European patent PCT/PL2014/000002 for the control of  invasive species of hogweed.


1. Offer for the PASTWA Method and Technique addressed to communes, enterprises, institutions and private individuals



  • Minimises  adverse effect on the natural environment. The application of 4 ml of a 1% solution per plant takes only 3 – 6 seconds.
  • simple to use – The person performing the treatments, apart from adequate protective clothing, requires no special skills or strength. A compendium of knowledge or training conducted by the Foundation is just about enough.
  • light – The equipment can be carried over long distances without problem and used even in areas difficult to access (mountains, slopes, rocky substrates), weight ca. 7 kg. It is handy and easy to use.
  • effective – If the treatment is carried out properly, the surrounding plants will be safe. Systematic treatments carried out in the subsequent years eliminates the hogweed stand. Anyone can achieve very high effectiveness (up to 100%) in the control of  hogweed without putting non-target plants at risk  . Note! Rain has no impact on the extent of control.
  • safe – Currently, the people performing the treatment, have practically no contact with the herbicides applied. They do not inhale dangerous vapours. The method is entirely safe for pollinators (including bees).
  • cheap – The apparatus together with the technique and technology reduces the costs of hogweed control. It’s an investment for years.
  • does not require plant utilisation –Within one month of treatment, the plants decompose completely.


The control set contains:

  • apparatus with container for the herbicide
  • additional insert – absorbent material

price (includes training) is negotiable


PASTWA EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE (treatments carried out by a single person)

product application time: 3 - 6 seconds = eradication of 1 plant

1 minute = eradication of 10 plants

1 hour = eradication of 600 plants

1 day (8 hours) = eradication of 4800 plants

1 month (22 work days) = 105,600 mature plants eradicated (ca. 3.5 ha)

The pro-environmental PASTWA Method and Technique has been approved for global use.

The description of the PASTWA Method and Technique has been included in the Guidelines for the Control of Sosnowsky’s Hogweed (Heracleum sosnowskyi) and Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in Poland published by the General Directorate for Environmental Protection.


  • We offer professional hogweed control services. The price ranges from PLN 10,000 to PLN 35,000 per 1 ha (negotiable) and depends on the scope of work, the control method and techniques applied, topography and hogweed population size. We guarantee that no new seeds are produced and sown on the treated land.
  • We carry out control treatments all year round.



Letter of Reference

for “Palący Problem- Haracleum” Foundation


In 2011, the “Palący Problem- Haracleum” Foundation and the Commune Office in Santok initiated the first-in-Poland Pilot Project for Controlling Sosnowsky’s Hogweed.

In 2012, in order to contain the uncontrolled expansion of this invasive plant, a new apparatus and technology patented by the Foundation were used for the first time to effectively control hogweed and prevent further sowing of a new population of seeds in the Czechów village area  of 1.2 ha.

In 2013, at the request of the Santok commune, stands of Sosnowsky’s hogweed in the Górki village area of 2.1 ha were destroyed. Furthermore, as a result of activities undertaken in collaboration with private landowners from the Santok commune, the aim of which was to transfer the knowledge and skills necessary to control hogweed using this innovative method and apparatus, hogweed stands covering an area of 7.6 ha were eradicated effectively.

The process and effects of Sosnowsky’s hogweed control within the Santok commune have been documented in photographic material and detailed commissioning reports from particular stages of execution.

The Santok Commune Office commends the Foundation on its measures to contain the expansion of and to control Sosnowsky’s hogweed. Concurrently, we strongly recommend that other communes establish cooperation with the Foundation in this area.



Stanisław Chudzik



The funds obtained are used to fulfil the Foundation’s mission.


Photos of the PASTWA apparatus and hogweed control treatments




Photo 1 hogweed pre-treatment and in Photo 2 post-treatment.

Photos 3 and 4 show hogweed post-treatment.

Photos: Jan Pastwa

Photo 5 shows the PASTWA apparatus, Photos 6 – three versions of the PASTWA apparatus.

Photos: Ryszard Kućko

Photos 7, 8 – hogweed eradication in protective clothing

Hogweed after the use of PASTWA Drukuj Email


Photo: Jan Pastwa

Photo 1 – hogweed on the next day after using the PASTWA apparatus

Photo 2 – plant uncovered 24 cm below the soil level, one day after using PASTWA

Photos 2-18 -  plants (hogweed, grass, weeds, etc.) one week after using PASTWA; plants surrounding the hogweed were not destroyed

Photo 19 – one month after using PASTWA; the only thing left behind is a depression in the ground

Photo 20 – uncovered root system before the use of PASTWA

Photo 21 – site after the destroyed plant shown in Photo 20, after one month


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