Much of the hemp grown in the UK in recent decades has been used in the building & construction industry. The natural insulating properties and astonishing durability of hemp make it a viable alternative, in terms of technical quality, to traditional materials... but what is holding it back?
Jersey has seen the 29th meeting of the British-Irish Council; where government representatives and politicians from around the UK and Ireland meet to discuss economic opportunities. Of importance in Guernsey is improving the longevity and sustainability of the agricultural sector, to which a new crop has been granted a licence to grow... Guess what made it into the conference goodie-bag!
One of hemp’s most desirable characteristics is that it can be used for the production of fuel - something human life has been predicated on for millennia. Today, liquid fuels (like the petrol or diesel you use to fill up your car) and power fuels (like the coal & natural gas used to create electricity or heat our homes) promise to be at the forefront of our concerns and enjoy centre stage in discussions of politics and economics. To that end, two liquid fuels and one power fuel can be made from hemp...
Hemp has been grown and used in the UK for thousands of years and was once one of the most valuable commodities in the country, if not the world. Here is a brief account of the history of hemp being grown, processed and used in the UK - a nod to a plant that was once so entwined with British culture.