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Barry Thorp sent in an image asking for identification of a mysterious plant in his garden and was immediately warned to destroy it as soon as possible. According to The Telegraph, the September 2019 issue of the magazine contains an email from Barry who sent a picture of the plant and asked: "Can you identify this mystery plant from my garden?".

Responding in the Gardeners' Question Time section, Anne Swithinbank identified it as hemp and pointed out it is illegal to grow cannabis at home. She advised Barry to destroy it immediately – but warned against burning it.

Wild bird seed can cause illegal cannabis plants to grow in your garden, a BBC Gardeners' World expert has warned readers of the programme's magazine.

Cannabis can germinate from bird seed. It is illegal to grow (Brian Shamblen / publicdomainpictures.net; Kevin Casper / flickr.com).

Her answer read: "It looks like hemp (Cannabis sativa). It is, of course, illegal to grow and probably germinated from bird seed. Although it has obviously thrived in the warm summer, you had better destroy it. It is safe to put on the compost heap but I would advise against a bonfire."

"It is, of course, illegal to grow and probably germinated from bird seed.

A reader who sent in an image asking the experts to identify a mysterious shrub in his garden was warned to immediately destroy it.

Responding in the Gardeners’ Question Time section, Anne Swithinbank identified it as hemp and pointed out it is illegal to grow cannabis at home.

"Although it has obviously thrived in the warm summer, you had better destroy it.

She advised Barry to destroy it immediately – but warned against burning it on a bonfire.

"It is safe to put on the compost heap but I would advise against a bonfire."

The September 2019 issue contains an email from Barry Thorp who sent a picture of the plant, and asked: "Can you identify this mystery plant from my garden?".