Digging for the future

Children from the town's primary schools planted fruit trees at Todmorden High School
Children from the town's primary schools planted fruit trees at Todmorden High School

CHILDREN dug in to plant trees as part of a Todmorden-wide orchard.

Youngsters from several of Todmorden’s primary schools attended an orchard planting day at Todmorden High School, during which they planted fruit trees with the help of older agriculture students from the high school.

Each group of children also took two fruit trees away with them to plant in their own school’s grounds.

Debbie McCall, from Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET), said the idea is to have a town-wide orchard linking all the schools together in learning around sustainable food growing.

It is believed that Todmorden will become the first town in the country to have an orchard spanning all the schools, with the high school acting as the hub.

Pauline Mullarkey, also from IET, said it was very exciting to be doing something so unique. “The planting day was great,” she said. “It went really well.

“The children were very interested. It was a really good activity day which showed the importance of local food.

“It will be the first ever town-wide schools orchard, which is very exciting.”

IET organised the event in partnership with Food For Life, who showed the children how to plant trees and look after them.

Youngsters also listened to a talk from IET about the idea behind the orchard.

Plaques will be placed in the high school grounds to show which school planted each of the trees.