£6,000 grant will help food sustainability projects grow

Free chicken keeping workshop at Incredible Edible Todmorden's polytunnel, Rochdale Road, Walsden'Pictured Dan East and IET's Mike Smith
Free chicken keeping workshop at Incredible Edible Todmorden's polytunnel, Rochdale Road, Walsden'Pictured Dan East and IET's Mike Smith

COUNCILLORS have agreed to give a food sustainability group £6,000 towards infrastructure, solar power and safety equipment.

Incredible Edible Todmorden Growing Ltd applied to Todmorden Town Council for funding towards future projects.

After a lengthy discussion, members of the amenities committee decided to award the grant out of its environment budget.

Nick Green, from IET, said the money would be used to get the ball rolling on new projects to help make the town more sustainable in terms of food.

“It would be really helpful to have a bit more infrastructure on the ground so we can do the best we can to grow crops,” he said.

“We are training people and working with them, showing how to grow stuff and how to produce it.

“We have set up the Walsden project with three polytunnels and are increasing our growing land. The other growing area we need to develop is up on the tops at Gorpley.”

Coun Diana Tremayne said: “Having seen the Walsden site, I think the work that’s been done there is really positive.

“It’s really looking like it will have an impact on the community in terms of the school visits that are being planned in the students’ studies.”

Coun Mark Catterall said: “The whole IET project has put Todmorden on the map.

“It has transformed people’s views of Todmorden and I think we should be backing this project to the hilt.”

Coun Jayne Booth said it was “ambitious and innovative”.