Green fingered residents will find it easier to grow their own fruit and vegetables thanks to the launch of a pilot community growing scheme in Todmorden.
Calderdale Council is keen to build on the success of Incredible Edible Todmorden and make it easier to get involved in community growing, where groups of people work together to create spaces where they can grow their own produce and then enjoy the fruits of their labour.
If the scheme proves to be a success, it could be rolled out across Calderdale.
Coun Steve Sweeney, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “Schemes like Incredible Edible Todmorden have really taken root, and people are finding it more and more important to know where their food has come from.
“So we want to do as much as we can to help residents grow their own food.
“It’s so easy to do, and it’s healthier, cheaper and better for the environment.”
The council has identified patches of unused land across Todmorden and has created a new online map system that shows all the council-owned land available for community growing in the town.
“We want to encourage communities to grow food together and particularly welcome applications from groups,” Coun Sweeney said.
“It helps you split the workload with others while meeting friends and neighbours, socialising, swapping recipes and sharing ideas. And it helps previously unused sites to blossom.”
Pam Warhurst, of Incredible Edible Todmorden, said: “This is such good news.
“We are really chuffed to see how Calderdale Council has taken up the enthusiasm for community food growing and run with it, making it easier for residents to make the best of unused council land.”
For more information about how to get involved and apply for a licence, contact Kirsten Fussing on 01706 548133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.