THE memorial garden of a church in Wolverhampton is to benefit
from an unusual donation - gardening and cultivation equipment,
seized from cannabis producers.
West Midlands Police have seized 200 tons of cannabis, as well
as 20,000 litres of compost and fertiliser, and thousands of plant
pots, gardening tools, irrigation equipment, and lighting and heat
lamps, from 1500 cannabis farms since its Cannabis Disposal Team
was formed in 2010.
The cannabis plants are destroyed, and the cultivation equipment
would have ended up in landfill sites, but officers decided to
donate it to charitable causes.
All Saints', Wolverhampton, has received 700 litres of compost,
as well as assorted tools and equipment.
"We have a memorial garden behind the church that is maintained
by community groups and children; so the donation will really
help," the Team Vicar of Central Wolverhampton, the Revd Sarah
Schofield, said. "The water butts will be particularly handy:
there's no water supply to the garden; so they'll save our backs
lugging watering cans back and forth.
"We've also been given gardening equipment, a ladder, and
hosepipes, which will be put in our community tool-library, where
equipment can be taken out, free, by All Saints' residents."
The Cannabis Disposal Team is called in to dismantle
commercial-scale drugs-production facilities that involve extensive
heat, lighting, and hydroponics set-ups.
"It would be a shame to simply destroy all the gardening
paraphernalia; so . . . we donate what we can to good causes," the
team's manager, Mike Hall, said. "I personally like the idea of
seized criminal assets' helping community projects."