Growing and campaigning for
Here's our August 2009 bulletin.
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GLORY OF SUMMER GARDENS - Our campaigning goes on: lots of news
below. But take a few moments first of all to admire some of the
pictures our volunteers, supporters and friends have been sending us
this last month of their glorious gardens. Thanks to Holly,
Chris and Ellie, Anna and Bill. Read about them in our growing
blogs or by browsing through our picture
gallery. Send us yours: don't be sheepish :) [yes that ewe is
keeping an eye on what Mary's cockerels are up to]
COUNCIL BACKING - This
month has seen some major developments in our work with our local
councils. Our town council sent us a lovely
letter of support. And Calderdale Council signed our first 'community
growing licence'. This will we hope be the first of many -
just for us, and not just in Calderdale - a way that community groups
can take over public land with the Council's agreement expressly to
plant fruit and veg.
HARVESTING AND PLANTING
AGAIN - Meanwhile our
volunteer work on public land around us goes on apace. At Ferney
old people's home (pictured left) we harvested spuds and planted a new
crop of marrows beetroot and radishes. Check
out the tale of the Italian lady resident who knows her
The police station garden's now been planted Incredible Edible style: cop
this. (Sorry we couldn't resist the pun) The wood
B and Q gave
us from their environmental awards has turned into planters
for the Health Centre. Timber! (Enough of that,
Ed) People have
been using herbs and leaves from our railway station planting.
Calderdale Council has (pictured right) put a pick-your-own
herb garden in the middle of Halifax - more evidence of the ripples
Incredible Edible sends out into the world, after years of local
by Tod in Bloom and by us.
LOTS OF VISITORS -
Yes we've been in the News a bit this month. If you're
Yorkshire-based, did you see a little feature about us on
not, here's a compressed (so it's not too good a quality) video
of it. The Tod News has been kind to us with stories about
remembering Malcolm Saville through the award of a cup at June's
Tod Show (winner Marianne Sutcliffe, who wins the prize for two
mentions in one newsletter!) and coverage of June's
award-winning feats at the Sustainable Development Commission and
the Yorkshire Markets awards, while the Halifax Courier kept an eye on
reporting on the community
growing licence. We've also been visited by national and
international journalists - watch the coming months for features.
we value too the organisations big and small who come to see us -
we hope enjoy themselves - like Leeds
Groundwork trust who toured with us for a day out.
Our local friends at SCOOP - Stop Contamination Of Our Paths - asked
us to mention that they're meeting on Fielden Wharf at 8:30 Sunday 9
August. Free organic breakfast afterwards!
We had a
web day off we didn't mean to have in July. Thanks to our
Iain from hairydog.co.uk
sorting it out. Sorry to anyone who tried to visit the website
day, we think we've sorted out the problem now.
Picture gallery now has over a thousand pictures. And yours
very welcome. Send us news and views about your support for
Edible - or just about your garden.
Lots of people are using our map
of Incredible growing sites and Google
map of local egg producers. This month's new feature is a way
keeping track of the campaigning work, often behind the scenes or out
of the news, that keeps Incredible edible ticking over and growing: see
the diary of meetings greetings and hard graft.