South Yorkshire Police donate items found at cannabis farms to help gardeners

Items seized by South Yorkshire Police at cannabis farms have been donated to gardeners.

By Claire Lewis
Saturday, 11th July 2020, 9:46 am
Updated Saturday, 11th July 2020, 9:47 am

Growbags, manure and plant pots are among the supplies that have been handed over to community projects in Sheffield and Barnsley.

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A community allotment project growing items for a food bank is among the projects to have benefited.

Equipment seized by South Yorkshire Police at cannabis farms is being donated to gardeners

PC Liam Stewart from Sheffield's proactive CID department, said: “When we go into properties that have been used for significant cannabis set-ups, there are often huge quantities of soil, canes, plant pots, growbags and tools waiting to be used.

“Unfortunately, a lot of this equipment ends up in landfill, so we decided to work out a way we could repurpose or recycle at least some of it.

“We’ve donated equipment to some great people in Barnsley who run a fantastic community garden, it’s a place that is so well loved by local people and run entirely by volunteers.

“We thought they might like a few extra supplies to keep things going and their vegetables growing throughout the summer.

“We also dropped off a van load of kit to a wonderful allotment community hub in Sheffield, they are currently growing food for foodbanks and also donating flowers and plants.

“We’re exploring options around how we can do more things like this and introduce further processes across the force.

“Naturally, it has to be done properly and we wouldn’t be able to reuse a lot of what we seize, but it’s exciting that we’ve found a sustainable option for some items that also supports local community projects.”