A reader who sent in an image asking the experts to identify a mysterious shrub in his garden was warned to immediately destroy it.
Bird seed can cause illegal cannabis plants to grow in your garden, a BBC Gardeners’ World expert has warned readers of the programme’s magazine.
Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticulturist, agreed with the BBC specialist, and told The Telegraph: “Yes this is a cannabis satvia plant. It is illegal to possess/cultivate it in the UK without a special licence. Some legal cultivation is allowed under licence both for pharmaceutical use and, using low cannaboid content cultivars, for seed, oil and fibre.
"It is safe to put on the compost heap but I would advise against a bonfire."
She advised Barry to destroy it immediately – but warned against burning it on a bonfire.
I recently went to my dads house and low and behold, there were 4 or 5 weed plants, all taller than 5 foot at the end of his garden, amongst other vines and stuff. He pointed them out to me, and said they grew from some bird seed that had been on the floor there.
Has anyone else heard of anything like this ? My dad isnt the type to grow weed, out in the open in his garden, let alone show me so I cant see any other way that it could of happened.
Also I’m pretty new to all this, is there anything that I can do with 1 plants worth of leaves? One of them was just going in to flower (I think) so I took that one, I would have come back after a few weeks to let them grow more but I’m not able to come back for 2 months.
Its is industrial hemp plants.. You cant really get high off them..
Thanks in advance
So has anyone else heard of weed seeds being found in bird seed?
And is there anything I can do with the leaves or should i just chuck them
After discovering it was an illegal cannabis plant the police were involved.
Patricia Hewitson, from Exmouth, contacted BBC Radio Devon's gardening programme asking for help identifying "a weed".
Sgt Ryan Canning, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "If you come into possession of an illegal drug such as cannabis, you must either destroy it or take it to a police officer.
"We've been told we have to cut it up and either compost it, take it to the police station or take it up to the local recycling centre," Mrs Hewitson said.
"They said they wouldn't prosecute me as I'd done it in good faith."