Council chairman grows cannabis - from bird seed...
PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 January 2012
A PARISH council chairman had a big surprise when her 12-year-old grandson found a cannabis plant amongst the flora and fauna in her garden.
The plant had been growing for months but Penny Skelley, the leader of Bleadon Parish Council, had not realised what it was - until eagle-eyed William recognised it after he had had a talk about drugs in school.
He said: “Oh granny, it’s cannabis.”
Mrs Skelley, of Celtic Way, took the plant to Bleadon’s police officer, PC Steven Church, who said he was ‘thrilled’ that the talk William had received from the police had enabled him to recognise the plant.
The plant, a low-quality variety, had apparently grown from some bird seed which had fallen under the bird table. Councillor Skelley said: “It was so pretty that I just left it. I didn’t realise what it was. It had a good spot in the sun.
“I had a lot of advice over what to do with it. As you can imagine there was a lot of banter.
“But PC Church was very happy that the education on drugs is working, as he gives talks in schools and he was glad to see some feedback from that.”