Incredible Edible Todmorden column: There IS a place just like home

International visitors get a warm welcome in a hot and sunny Todmorden on an Incredible Edible tour
International visitors get a warm welcome in a hot and sunny Todmorden on an Incredible Edible tour

We have seen an increase in visitors from overseas with folk coming from Italy, the USA, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Venezuela and Spain.

And for all of them the sun shone, the mayor of Carcoboso in Spain said the weather was just like home.

The bonus is that when folk come from far afield they stay for several days booking accommodation in Tod and while here spend time and money in our markets shops and eateries which is always a boost to the local economy.

Todmorden certainly is a tourist destination now.

The other visitors we are getting a lot of are bees, the wild variety, tree bumble bees “Bombus hypnorum”, also known as the “new garden bumble bee” have made their nests in several empty bird houses in peoples gardens. These are very docile friendly bees and great pollinators.

We think the rise in numbers is down to all the wonderful bee friendly planting around town by IET and even more by the wonderful Tod in Bloom group who have planted great swathes of bees favourite flowers.

Now when we show visitors all the gardens they are often covered in a variety of wild bees as well as the occasional honey bee.

If you have old or dead trees or stumps in your garden you may be lucky and have carpenter bees moving in, another great pollinator, so if you have a wild corner with some dead wood do keep it and help friendly insects.

One year ago we set out to make a route to bring visitors into our town centre, to help bees and provide fun information for children about these buzzing plant buddies.

It seems to have been a roaring success on all counts, with an increase in both visitors and bees.

We hope to keep visitors and pollinators buzzing about our town.