Tom’s incredible tale creates a buzz

A youngster reads the Incredible Edible Story, written by Todmorden based author Tom Palmer
A youngster reads the Incredible Edible Story, written by Todmorden based author Tom Palmer

INCREDIBLE Edible volunteers are delighted that children’s author Tom Palmer has written up their story and his book, aimed at youngsters, is launched tomorrow, Friday, September 21.

It is one of two book projects set up by IET that are now reaching fruition.

Tom’s book, The Incredible Edible Story, will hit the shelves at Todmorden Library - where Tom will be on hand at 9am to meet people and talk about the book - and thanks to the Community Foundation for Calderdale, 3,000 copies are also being given out to children in Years 1 to 3 in all 30 primary schools in the upper Calder Valley.

Tom, who lives in Todmorden, has made his name as a children’s author with a series of football-based “whodunnits?” and his new book tells the story of a little girl, a grandad and an apple. Also up and running is the Bee Spoke book project, which has been funded by the Lottery Jubilee People’s Millions.

The Bee Spoke campaign, which started last year, has been hard work but the art works information boards and the bee-friendly planting by Tod in Bloom around town are looking good. Bee courses have been run organised by the Bee Friendly Collective and swarms have been rescued and re-homed.

As the end of the project approaches £500 has been given to Todmorden Library to buy bee related books.

Mary Clear said: “by giving money to the library we can rest assured everyone has the chance to learn something about the bee, whether it’s beekeeping or honey recipes that create a buzz. Our library will have bee spoke books ready for you.”

These books, which will be available from September 21, mark the end of the project which has seen lovely plants and gardens, homes for pollinators and folk trained and equipped to look after the little creatures our food crops depend on.

We are also left with the wonderful memory of the pollination parade, that brought together the talents of Handmade parade and the folk of Tod. A liberal dose of sunshine made the day something to remember.