Here’s Why Cannabis Plants Are Growing Wild All Over Britain’s Cities

Courtesy of Feed The Birds.


by Luke Sumpter

on March 12, 2015

Cannabis plants have been spotted sprouting in public places up and down the UK, a country where the plant is categorized as a Class B drug and possession alone can lead to a five year prison sentence. The majestic herb can be found humbly sunning itself near some of the nation’s most iconic locations in central London, such as the BBC headquarters, Tower Bridge and The Shard.

Photo: Cannabis plants at  BBC headquarders. Courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Photo: Cannabis plants at BBC headquarders. Courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Although cannabis can flourish naturally in Britain’s wet, mild climate, as it has done in the past, these seeds were sown with intent. In perhaps one of the most profound acts of resistance in the UK’s legalization movement, the activist group “Feed The Birds” is distributing cannabis seeds across the country as part of a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the ridiculousness of prohibition.

Photo: Cannabis plants growing near London's "Shard of Glass." Courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Photo: Cannabis plants growing near London’s “Shard of Glass.” Courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Feed The Birds was founded in early 2014 by a person using the online alias Finn Hemingway. Since the movement germinated, they have accumulated over 23,000 Facebook followers; among these numbers are an estimated 2000 “birders” who contribute to the cause with acts of clandestine, yet highly effective, resistance. Planting, cultivating and harvesting cannabis plants in the UK is highly illegal and could lead to 14 years of imprisonment.

However, as displayed in the name, this movement has discovered and exploited a loophole in the legal system to render what they do perfectly legal. As it appears on the streets,  all these activists are doing is throwing seeds around — quite literally feeding the birds. Although the plant itself is illegal to posses, cannabis seeds are not; it is legal to posses, sell and purchase them within the boarders of the UK. As long as they are not intentionally sown and germinated, it is legal to utilize them in a manner of different ways: to eat as food, to bait fish and to feed birds.

Photo: Cannabis plants near the London Tower Bridge. Courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Photo: Cannabis plants near the Tower Bridge in London. Courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Scattering cannabis seeds in a public place with the intention of offering nutritionally dense, mineral and omega fatty acid rich seeds to our feathered friends is not a crime. If said seeds are not detected by hungry birds or banqueting squirrels, they will most likely begin to germinate and grow. Thus, cannabis plants as large and mature as those pictured can flourish in public places without a single person being prosecuted, punished or imprisoned.

“We believe that seeds left to grow highlight the ineffectiveness of prohibition, partly because cannabis grows naturally in the UK and has done for thousands of years, and partly because we feel visual protests are powerful and evocative,” Hemingway told Reset.

Each plant stands as a visual message regarding the skewed and failed drug policies that prohibit the herb.

Photo courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Photo courtesy of Feed The Birds.

“Personally, I think cannabis is still illegal because British politicians do not want to be seen as having a ‘weak’ stance on drugs,” Hemingway said. “I would urge all politicians to use a scientific and an economic approach on drug law reform.”

Despite some fierce opposition to cannabis in the UK, many residents acknowledge the plant’s positives — medicinally and economically — and think penalties for its use, cultivation and possession are overly harsh. This becomes especially apparent in light of the U.S. states that have legalized adult use of the plant (there are four in total, plus Washington, D.C.). Since implementing legalization in 2013, Colorado has seen lowered domestic abuse and violent crime rates, and the state benefitted from a staggering $60 million in taxes and fees from cannabis sales in 2014. It has also become a mecca for families with epileptic children. They are migrating by the hundreds from all over the country to Colorado seeking a form of non-psychoactive, concentrated medical marijuana which has shown unprecedented success in mitigating seizures.

Cannabis clubs have sprung up in many towns and cities all over the UK in an attempt to organize collectives — consisting of bankers and barristers to farmers and teachers — to plan peaceful demonstrations, social media campaigns and “bird feeding” events.

When asked how cannabis clubs in the UK can be useful, Hemingway said they are an “important way of showing the authorities and the general population how cannabis clubs reduce harm and increase cannabis user safety.”

Feed The Birds is also spreading awareness about the highly sustainable industrial uses of hemp as well as the medicinal benefits of the plant. Modern science is revealing cannabis is a highly effective treatment for countless different ailments, ranging from cancer to chronic pain.

As well as cannabis seeds, Feed the Birds has given London — and England as a whole — a makeover in the form of message-laden stickers declaring the plants medicinal uses. The stickers are popping up in some eye catching places — like the police vehicle pictured below.

Photo courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Photo courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Hemingway said the organization plans to distribute “millions upon millions” of seeds throughout the UK in the coming months — just in time for the upcoming general election. As a suitably modified version of an age old saying goes… “resistance is fertile.”

Photo courtesy of Feed The Birds.

Photo courtesy of Feed The Birds.

there are 5,413 Comments


Jesus mate.
This is not a page for condensed life stories.
You are paranoid (blocked from the media) and deluded (gold) and you’re trying to be an advert for cannabis?


Mandy talking bullshit haha saying you have to lock in genetics and shit hahaha.. wtf mate.. once you interchange genetics in something once ,,that dna dont just disapear after a few generations bahahah… and homeopathy interestingly enuff bro i have read that the electromagnetic feilds of the substance will stay, so even tho the soloution is gettin weaker on the scale the electromagnetic feild multiplies then building the structure in the water memory?.. kinda like you can record a song, and make a million copys of it, i dunno sounds strange you would have to look it up , i dont even kno what its called.. but look up water memory thats interesting enuff

Benjamin Hennessy

Dammit James!

skunk doctor

That is extremely helpful, plant millions of potential runt male plants
all round the country , cannabis is air/wind pollinated
so lets just randomly release pollen all over the country
folk like their weed full of seeds .. right
perhaps we might ruin a few crops, but we get to feel like tree loving hippies allover again!
the boys in blue couldn’t of come up with a better plan themselves

Charles Bundy

Which skunk? There are currently 4 main skunk strains, each from the 80’s. And then some superhero decided to create Northern Lights late 80’s and Ive had a mad love affair with it since. NorthernLights #5 as an F1 did to cannabis what diesel power did to the locomotive.

theodoros ellinas

They do. And i have to say thank you .

Lee RavenGod Ingram

It was also because alcohol prohibition flopped and they needed something to “war” on!


There are no genetically altered strains of cannabis its governbent propaganda at its finest. Cannabis has been selectively bred for decades for potency so the cbd content has gone down to zero. This is the case with 99% of cannabis strains available an has been this way. For at least 20 years so its nothing new. Only very recently has a specific breeder started breeding cbd back in for medicinal purposes. There is no genitically altered super strength cannabis in existence. its jus normal cannabis thats like all other cannabis available. An then u have ur newer strains with high cbd that popsibly more closely represent the landrace cannabis/hashish that was around before the home grown scene kicked off.This whole geneticly altered crap came about from mis information an propaganda that was spread due to the decline in the soap bar hash market which isnt even real cannabis an has thc of 2% an people started using
real cannabis that is safer an less harmful but obviously stronger indoor grown cannabis sometimes reffered to as skunk.


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