Vote to make Tod a hive of activity

A COMMUNITY project is urging people to back its bee biotope bid to make Todmorden a hive of activity.

Incredible Edible’s Bee Spoke Todmorden project - which aims to provide interactive learning, a sensory planting scheme, guided walks and maps to illustrate connections between bees and food production – has reached the final six in the ITV Yorkshire region of the Jubilee People’s Millions contest.

A short film highlighting each of the finalists’ bids will be broadcast on the ITV evening regional news later this month – Bee Spoke’s will be shown on June 29 - before the public vote to decide which groups will win the funding to go ahead with their projects.

IET is bidding for £44,000 for its Bee Spoke scheme which will link in with the Green Route around Todmorden.

Pam Warhurst, from IET, said: “We are delighted that we are through to the last six.

“It will be fabulous to look at but also wonderful for wildlife, in particular that it creates a thriving environment for bees as insect pollinators.

“From the railway station to the canal to the health centre to the land by Rose Street right down to Water Street will become hives of activity.”

Pam said the project would see “many different planting areas alive with bees and fabulous flowers”, as well as training people to keep bees.

“We want to inspire young people through a series of workshops to become the environmental champions of the future,” she said.

“What really matters is that the people of Todmorden get behind us. We will win this only if the people of Todmorden ring up and vote.”