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Hemp growing became commonplace in Britain under the Romans and continued into the mid-1940s. The hemp at Eden is grown under an industrial licence. You can find it on a slope in our Outdoor Gardens near the Rainforest Biome.
Originally from the Indian subcontinent, it spread from China to France and from Russia to Africa. It requires full light but can grow in most soil types providing they are damp.
In order to grow hemp at Eden we needed an industrial licence and a physical barrier, so the barrier became the artistic installation: the Hemp Fence designed by George Fairhurst. It is also a symbolic barrier: visitors are invited to stick their neck out to see what is on the other side.