Volunteers dig in for clear-up

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.

It wasn’t so much a case of planting new growth but clearing out the old for volunteers of Incredible Edible Brighouse.

Members rolled up their sleeves and tackled overgrown vegetation and shrubbery in an area next to the Wellington Arcade in Brighouse town centre.

“There was a huge tree in the middle of the shrubbery which had become very overgrown and was hiding the light from other plants,” said Jackie Braddock of Incredible Edible.

“We removed all the branches and overgrown vegetation and the council took out the stump for us. At the moment the soil is very wet and heavy but we are hoping to start planting soon ready for the spring.”

The group, which started in March, aims to plant the area with wild flowers which will encourage butterflies, birds, bees and other insects.

“We have already planted campanula, polyanthus, phlomis and stipa grasses and over the next couple of weeks we will be putting in foxgloves, rosemary, miscanthus and teasels,” said Jackie.

Incredible Edible will be holding a stall at the Victorian street markets in Brighouse town centre on November 30 and December 1.

The group will be fundraising and hoping to recruit more volunteers.