Incredible Edible Longtown

Community organisations coming together to plant fruit and vegetables in open spaces.

Todmorden with herbs and fruit planting

Press Release 8th September 2020

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Brampton & Longtown are working with residents of Longtown to set up a new community gardening initiative. 

Based on the successful “Incredible Edible” model the aim is to enhance some areas of the town whilst introducing residents to the opportunity of growing their own fruit and veg.  

Partners include Riverside Housing, the Arthuret Parish Council, the Allotment Committee, Flower Show organisers and a number of individuals.  The group has the backing of Carlisle City Council Healthy City Team.

During the Covid 19 pandemic Food security has become an issue for many and the local community has come together over recent months to ensure that no one is left without nourishing food.   This new initiative can go some way to encouraging people to consider how they can help themselves and the wider community to have access to locally grown, readily available food.

Speaking on behalf of the Brampton & Longtown Rotary Club, Wendy Aldred said “This is an exciting development for us.  Rotarians are always looking for new ventures to support in their community and the timing seems right to start this initiative.  We hope it will inspire people to help each other and start conversations about how the community might develop.”

From the community perspective, Karen Johnson, who has taken a lead in relation to the Covid19  food pantry said “We know from our work over the past months that food poverty can be a reality for many people.  The more we can learn about how our community can help each other the more resilient we can become.”

If you would like to be a part of this exciting new initiative, even if you haven’t yet got green fingers, do let the team know via the Secretary of Brampton & Longtown Rotary Club, Wendy Aldred

Background Information

The Incredible Edible story and ethos can be found here

A video of Incredible Edible in action in Todmorden can be found here

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