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It’s time to get growing!

Coun Steve Sweeney (Calderdale Councils Cabinet Member for Communities), Kirsten Fussing (Calderdale Councils Neighbourhood Co-ordinator) and Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible Todmorden) in Todmorden

Coun Steve Sweeney (Calderdale Councils Cabinet Member for Communities), Kirsten Fussing (Calderdale Councils Neighbourhood Co-ordinator) and Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible Todmorden) in Todmorden

Green-fingered residents in Todmorden will now find it easier to grow their own fruit and veg, thanks to the launch of Calderdale Council’s community growing pilot in the town.

And if it bears fruit, people across Calderdale could have a blooming marvellous chance to get involved.

Community growing is for groups of people who want to work together to create spaces where they can grow their own produce – and then enjoy the fruits of their labour, said a Calderdale spokesman who said the council was keen to build on the success of Incredible Edible Todmorden.

“We’re starting with Todmorden but after the pilot we’ll be looking at rolling out to the whole borough. We’ve identified patches of unused land across Todmorden and have created a new online map system that shows all the council-owned land available for community growing in the town. We’ve also created some easy-to-understand guidance and looked into insurance issues.

“If you fancy giving community growing a go in Todmorden, one of our friendly neighbourhood co-ordinators will meet with you and help you choose a suitable piece of land. You’ll need to apply for a licence but we’ll support you all the way,” said the spokesman.

Contact Kirsten Fussing at kirsten.fussing@calderdale.gov.uk or on 01706 548133 for more details.

Pam Warhurst from 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. Now it’s down to us all to just get on with it.”

You can see the council’s guidance and online map system on the sustainable food page at www.calderdale.gov.uk - “if you don’t have internet access at home, pop in to your local library and our friendly staff will be happy to help,” said the spokesman.

 

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