Cannabis compost and flower pots help care home get green fingered
1 October 2013
RESIDENTS of a Dudley care home can now enjoy a garden retreat after plant pots and bags of compost were donated to them by West Midlands Police.
The donation has come from West Midland Police Cannabis Disposal Team who seized the compost and plant pots from a drugs raid earlier this year from a property within the West Midlands.
Tiled House Intermediate Care and Rehabilitation Home in Pensnett, Brierley Hill has now been able to use the compost and plant pots to create a colourful flower bed to brighten up the outside space around the home.
Volunteer, Maria Williams said: "The garden at the home provides a relaxing space that is enjoyed by residents, their families and the staff. With this donation we can improve our environment and make the garden a lovely place to relax in and even enjoy the odd ray of sunshine."
The cannabis disposal team removes cannabis plants and chemicals from properties following drugs warrants, as well as ensuring that properties are made safe for officers investigating.
Mike Hall who manages the team said: "We are a dedicated team that cover the West Midlands and attend cannabis farms to dismantle the equipment which is used to grow cannabis plants, such as irrigation systems, air venting systems and electrical installations.
"Whenever we come across equipment that could benefit the local community we always try and offer it to them. In the past we have given heat lamps to local zoos where the lamps can be used in their reptile sections.
"In this case the compost is still sealed and hasn't been used so can be really beneficial to creating a community garden."
Anyone with information relating to drugs activity in their community can contact their local neighbourhood team on 101 or alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Photo (L-R) Rita Parks and Maria Williams.
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