Sir Paul McCartney reveals he is growing hemp on his farm

Sir Paul McCartney reveals he is growing hemp on his farm
Sir Paul McCartney reveals he is growing hemp on his farm

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he is growing hemp at his farm but has told how he has to hide the crops so teenagers don't steal the plants. 

The Beatles star, 79, has started producing crops of hemp as well as spelt wheat, rye and peas at his estate in Peasmarsh near Rye. 

Hemp - which is legal to grow in the UK if a licence is obtained - is a plant that comes from the same species as cannabis. But unlike cannabis, hemp contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  

Busy: Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he is growing hemp at his farm but has told how he has to hide his crops so teenagers don't steal the plants

Busy: Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he is growing hemp at his farm but has told how he has to hide his crops so teenagers don't steal the plants

The product is used to make cloth, cosmetics, rope, printer's ink, wood preservative, detergents, soaps, and lighting oil.  

Speaking on the River Cafe Table 4 podcast he said: 'We grow crops, I like doing things like spelt wheat, rye, we grow peas.

'We're actually just getting into growing hemp, the funny thing with government regulations is you've got to keep it where people can't see it, because you get all the kids coming in and robbing it!'

He went on to explain that his farm is all organic and that the estate doesn't use any pesticides or fertiliser. 

Product: Hemp - which is legal to grow in the UK if a licence is obtained - is a plant that comes from the same species as cannabis

Product: Hemp - which is legal to grow in the UK if a licence is obtained - is a plant that comes from the same species as cannabis

He said: 'It's organic. I went organic over 20 years ago. When I first bought the farm there were some fields where my farm guys would say, 'There's no worms in these fields. There's no life.' 

'That's because basically all you did was put on pesticides and then put a fertiliser in. I thought, 'OK, that's a challenge, we're going to go organic.'  

Paul also famously makes his own ale on the farm which he sends to his famous friends, including Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. 

He said on the podcast: 'We do make our own ale. Through the years I'd hear like a neighbour would be selling some land that was next door to ours so I went to one and said, 'I hear you're selling a hop garden…' Long story short I got it and then I thought, 'I've got to start doing hops,' that's because the region we're in out in Sussex was a very big hop growing area.

Paul - who was spotted taking a stroll through London today (pictured) - went on to explain that his farm is all organic and that the estate doesn't use any pesticides or fertiliser

Paul - who was spotted taking a stroll through London today (pictured) - went on to explain that his farm is all organic and that the estate doesn't use any pesticides or fertiliser

'So I went to a local brewer whose in the village near us and said, 'Will you make some beer for me? I'll grow the hops and you put it all together, all organic.' So he did, and then we were looking for a name for the beer, these artisan beers they've got to have crazy names. 

'I was riding with my wife Linda one day through our woods. I stopped and went, 'You're not

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