A group from the Rossendale Valley have a 2020 vision to emulate friends from Calderdale and make their town healthier and wealthier.
A book entitled ‘Confessions of an Eco-Shopper’ by Kate Lock and the Incredible Edible project from Todmorden, have influenced Haslingden residents Joanna and Paul Scott-Bates to the extent that they have joined forces with Souta Creagh from the Stubby Lee community greenhouse project to try and encourage people to grow their own fruit and vegetables. They recently held a public meeting in Haslingden and have set their sights on orchards, community gardening and encouraging people to grow and buy locally.
“Initially we want to get as many people as possible growing their own fruit and vegetables – whether it be in gardens, allotments, parks or window boxes”‘ said Joanna, adding, “longer term, we would love to see community orchards. We are also keen to promote local businesses and traders, and, want to see products indigenous to the Valley all over!”
According to Paul, “Anyone can get involved. Everyone has someone to offer. Over recent years, community spirit seems to have dwindled and we want to see that return to our towns. The Incredible Edible project is truly inspirational, and, it would be brilliant to have Incredibles all over the Country. The project at Stubby Lee is a superb achievement and with the Council’s help we can spread the word throughout the Valley.”
Other things mentioned at the meeting included the encapsulation of the Valley’s rivers to become self sufficient in power, and, seed giveaways at the popular farmers markets.
Incredible Edible Rossendale hope to have a website live soon and have planned a second meeting for January 2010.
Anyone interested can contact:
Joanna – firstname.lastname@example.org (you can also follow Joanna on Twitter@GreenFieldGreen)
Souta – email@example.com