A FIELD of cannabis plants will be grown in East Lothian. . . to support building materials.

Industrial Nature, an Edinburgh-based company, hopes to bring new sustainable building material to market next year, it has been reported.

Made from industrial hemp fibres and a complex compound of minerals, IndiBloc is naturally insulating and stores heat, with claims the building material can significantly reduce heating bills.

However, a Home Office licence will be required before anything can be grown.

The plants are described as being the same as the cannabis sativa plant but without the bud.

It is unclear whereabouts in the county the plants will be grown.