Volunteers dig in as scheme takes root

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Volunteers dug in to help prepare the ground for Incredible Edible Brighouse’s first planting scheme.

Two raised beds near the Wellington Arcade in Brighouse town centre have been cleared of weeds and dug over ready for planting at the weekend during the Totally Locally Spring Market.

Press officer Fran Lister said: “We want to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who turned out on a lovely sunny Saturday to prepare the first Incredible Edible beds.

“These will be planted with the first vegetables of the season - beans and tomatoes - on Saturday so that people can see what we are doing and find out more about the scheme.”

There will also be a special

children’s planting session on Saturday between 1pm and 2pm with youngsters invited to plant their own vegetable seedling to grow at home and then transplant into one of the beds.

“Incredible Edible Brighouse are aiming to have the green spaces around Wellington Arcade converted into a beautiful ‘edible garden’ in time for the 1940s weekend in June.

“We want to spread the word and get more volunteers involved. We are starting in a small way with the Wellington Arcade but we hope to show that anyone can join in and have a go.”

Plants and seeds have been provided by Kershaw’s Garden Centre and Thompson and Morgan and Calderdale Council has helped out with compost. Next on the list will be areas around Brighouse Health Centre and on Bethel Street.

Incredible Edible started in Todmorden and has attracted interest from all over the world.

In Brighouse any member of the community who wants to grow herbs, fruit and vegetables in the town centre will be able to take part.

For more information about the scheme email info@incredibleediblebrighouse.co.uk