Friday, 6 March 2009
Incredible Edible Todmorden
We're inspired by the story of a whole town, Todmorden in West Yorkshire. Incredible Edible Todmorden is a scheme designed to increase the amount of locally grown food consumed in the town, by adopting public spaces and converting them to growing fruit, herbs and vegetables. All over the town planting is happening, on roundabouts, in carparks, around the station and health centre - even in the local graveyard!
The aim is to make Todmorden self-sufficient in vegetables by 2018. The whole town has embraced the scheme wholeheartedly including local schools and other institutions. The townspeople are all the time trying to find new places to grow produce. If you venture onto the platform at the railway station there are planters of herbs and commuters are invited to keep the weeds at bay while they wait for their trains and take a couple of sprigs for their dinner in return! News of the town's efforts has spread far and wide with media coverage in Italy and Canada cited on the town's website. Let's hope this inspires lots of similar schemes everywhere.
For more information on growing vegetables and the upsurge in allotments check out our website www.makeitandmendit.com