Time to brush up on green fingered skills

Incredible Edible Brighouse working on overgrown plants around Wellington Arcade. Sandra Edwards, Jackie Braddock, Liz Kenny and Mark Dempsey.
Incredible Edible Brighouse working on overgrown plants around Wellington Arcade. Sandra Edwards, Jackie Braddock, Liz Kenny and Mark Dempsey.

Incredible Edible Brighouse will be passing on its skills and knowledge to aspiring gardeners.

The team, which was established in spring 2013, has planned new projects in the town centre, working with Calder Valley Skip Hire.

It is looking to introduce extensive planting schemes for dwarf fruit trees such as plums, apples. cherries and pears within an urban environment which will be sustainable, create early flower interest, encourage insect activity and the produce is readily available for the general public to pick and use, and have an appealing autumn leaf colour.

“We are trying to establish community involvement at different levels and would like to invite local residents and businesses to become involved. Food can be grown on site with the sustainable planting schemes that we are actively trying to establish and promote,” said Jackie Braddock, group chairman.

Their positive impact on Brighouse town centre can be seen after successfully working in partnership with the Safer Cleaner Greener section of Calderdale Council, Brighouse Business Initiative and many other local voluntary organisations and youth groups.

Local improvements have been achieved by working with the council teams to redevelop Wellington Arcade planting schemes and using plants provided by the council for establishing perennial plants with all year round interest and colour at Lawson Road, Commercial Street and Bradford Road subway, mixed in with vegetables and herbs, all of which have attracted positive responses from the public.

The group will be meeting once a month through autumn and winter, 11am to 3pm, on Sundays: October 26, November 23, December 14, January 18, February 15 and March 15.

Anyone wanting to join the team can meet outside Wilkinsons at 11am.

Volunteers are reminded to wrap up well and wear sturdy shoes, bring a spade or trowel and gardening gloves if possible.