Gardeners get a licence to grow: Groups can now use council-owned land

A SUCCESSFUL "grow-your-own" scheme is to be extended.

Calderdale Council has new plans to build on the good practice of Incredible Edible Todmorden by issuing Community Growing Licences to groups that want to grow fruit and vegetables on council-owned land.

Incredible Edible Todmorden aims to increase the amount of food grown and eaten in the town and the surrounding area.

Ian Cooper, cabinet member for community services, handed over the first licence to Nick Green of Incredible Edible Todmor-den at Ferney Lee residential home, where the scheme has created raised beds in the home's garden.

Councillor Cooper said: "Incredible Edible Todmorden is a great example of how communities can really make a difference by working together, and planting small seeds that grow into big changes. It's incredible how fruit and veg has been springing up all over the Calder Valley.

"We now want to build on this success to encourage even more people across Calderdale to start growing their own."

The council has to allow community groups to use council-owned land for growing their own produce.

Mags Bryson, of Calderdale Incredible Edible, said: "The council has given a commitment to use council land, where appropriate, for community growing projects where residents want to get together and plant fruit trees or have raised vegetable beds.

"Where people show an interest in community growing we can offer support and guidance to help them get started."

Junior Wardens across Calderdale are also involved in growing food in schools and in People's Park in Halifax.