The Incredible Edible scheme which was instigated in Todmorden six years ago and has spread throughout the country is about to come to Brighouse, the town that has a positive outlook for the community.
Incredible Edible is a “Grow your own Scheme” run by the community for the community. Now, the seed planted in Todmorden could become a part of Brighouse. Residents combine to plant Vegetables fruit and herbs in open land and waste spaces around the town that are not being used and look as though they need a bit of TLC.
Incredible Edible could mean we see those neglected areas planted with cabbages and lettuce; Thyme and rosemary etc. – all adding foliage to bring back to life these niches that have been overlooked.
We can all find these opportunity sites around town. The canal, Railway station, Bus station, Street corners and verges that need to be producing something. And: providing food for the community. For not only does Incredible Edible make the town more tidy and cared for, but it also provides food.
If lots of people get involved, the food that has been grown can be taken by anyone to eat. It’s all about caring and sharing and being local. Helping us to have more pride in Brighouse – because it’s worth it.
Anywhere where there is a patch of spare land and people with enough interest to make it happen, then the scheme could take off. We hope that Rastrick and Clifton could become involved and our entire area could benefit.
Steven Lord, a member of the Brighouse Business Initiative, which is promoting the scheme said. “The timing could not be better because people are getting more and more interested in where their food comes from and more concerned about how many miles it has travelled to their table”.
The Totally Locally markets in Brighouse, selling food and produce from within a 30 miles radius of the town, has shown there is a lot of interest in high quality, locally-sourced goods.
Mary Clear, co-founder of Incredible Edible Todmorden said: “We could never have imagined when we started that the scheme would take off in the way it has.”
“There is no reason why any town or village in the country could not have a go – and it would be great if it was adopted in Brighouse and we had another town in Calderdale in board”.
The Todmorden scheme began with herb gardens and has now expanded to include vegetable gardens and orchards. The scheme works with public bodies to develop schemes on their land and holds courses, demonstrations and workshops. Every school in the town is involved.
A public meeting is being held at
The Link, Central Methodist , Brighouse on Monday 11th March at 7.30pm