Our Prince is coming - a date with Charles

TODMORDEN'S work towards a more sustainable future will receive royal recognition next month with a visit from the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles will spend over two hours in Todmorden on Wednesday, September 8, as part of his five day national Start tour to promote sustainable community living.

The next in line to the throne, who last visited Todmorden in 1989, will be given a tour of the town by Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) volunteers to see examples of where public spaces have been used to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs, as well as a trip to the market to meet those who sell and make local produce.

Pam Warhurst, co-founder of IET, said this visit will be amazing for Todmorden. "What we are doing here has got to the ears of Prince Charles and to have this sort of recognition, nationally, is a real shot in the arm, not only for IET, but also for what the whole community of Todmorden is doing throughout the town.

"What would be really exciting is to speak to those who have visited to see how they can get us support and investment into the town.

"However, there's so much here already that he'll be able to see how passionate we are about local food, from what's grown outside the health centre to what's being sold in the market. We know the Prince is himself passionate about these things."

Pam along with her IET fellows Mary Clear and Nick Green, met Prince Charles at an event organised by the Sustainable Development Commission in London last year, at which IET was identified as one of 19 break-through projects nationally recognised for their work into sustainable living.

And it is following on from that visit that Prince Charles is coming to Todmorden on his royal train. His journey will begin in Glasgow on Monday, September 6, and during the five day tour he will visit Edinburgh, Carmarthen, Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham before finishing in London. Along the way he will attend three national Start festivals.

Mary said: "We are thrilled His Royal Highness is coming to see the amazing work being done in Todmorden.

"When people and communities like ours come together and work together amazing things happen, as they have done under our very noses.

"We're astounded by the support and hard work this community has put in to help make us sustainable. The Start project is a great venture and if more people start to protect our planet and create a kinder world, what a difference that will make to us all."

The Start project is a national initiative launched by the Prince's Charities Foundation to promote and celebrate sustainable living, which will also build on the work of the charity Business in the Community, of which Prince Charles has been president for 25 years.