Big funding boost for two of area’s greenest groups

Emily Jones at the Tinderwood Trust, Eastwood, Todmorden, which has been given a Big Lottery Fund grant of �10,000.
Emily Jones at the Tinderwood Trust, Eastwood, Todmorden, which has been given a Big Lottery Fund grant of �10,000.

CHILDREN and adults in the upper Calder Valley will soon be at one with nature thanks to a £13,000 funding boost.

The Big Lottery Fund Awards for All has given £10,000 to the Tinderwood Trust in Todmorden and £3,000 to Heptonstall Allotment Garden Society.

The society will put the money towards a £9,000 initiative to purchase a plot of land, which it currently rents off Heptonstall Social and Bowling Club on Acre Lane.

The site, which houses 17 growing plots, will be the first allotment space in Heptonstall, according to society chairman Mark Holman, who said: “The real positive for us is that we have secured land in the village. In the past, residents in Heptonstall who have wanted allotment space have had to go on a Calderdale waiting list and received land outside Heptonstall.

“We’re going to put it in the deeds that it must remain allotment land.”

Mr Holman also thanked the Big Lottery Fund for their financial contribution towards the project, as well as the Co-op Community Investment Foundation, Hebden Bridge Rotary Club, the Upper Calder Valley Charities Assist and Heptonstall Parish Council.

The Tinderwood Trust, which offers “forest school” sessions for children and their families in Eastwood, received the maximum £10,000 award.

Trust project developer Emily Jones said: “This money means we can take the next step. It is very exciting for us.”

The trust is hoping to expand classes to twice weekly.

Graham Mynott, a trustee, added: “We’re hoping to work with children that have suffered domestic violence or have not had the best start in life.”

The trust also recently received £4,500 from Hebden Royd Town Council, which will be used for new equipment, waterproofs and insurance.