Incredible Edible: Going ‘edimental’ along the canal

Anna with her team of helpful gardeners
Anna with her team of helpful gardeners

We are very lucky, Anna Gugan a professional landscape gardener from Harrogate volunteered to help us after hearing Mary tell the story of IET in her hometown.

Anna from design to finish is making us an entirely edimental bed on the canal towpath by the horse tunnel and it’s going to be incredible. What is edimental you might ask? Well it’s a term coined by plantsman and author Stephen Barstow and refers to plants that are both edible and ornamental. Anna has put a great deal of thought into her design and has looked for plant that not only look good while they are coming up but also will as she says “die elegantly” keeping the bed looking fabulous right through the season. Her team started work Sunday and will be back to do more on Saturday, do stop and say hello if you are passing.

We will be doing more work along the canal this summer in partnership with the canal and rivers trust so watch this space for more news. We will be planting masses of edible flowers and colourful veg like rainbow chard this year so hopefully it will all look really beautiful for residence and visitors alike.

Tours of our town are keeping up, we have had several small groups visit recently from Switzerland, China and several from France. Some stayed in Airbnb’s some in the youth hostel. I played hunt Pextenement Cheeses with one group, having seen them in my presentation they were determined to buy some, we finally tracked some down in Saker where several varieties were duly snapped up, and of course they just had to have some of the delicious freshly baked bread to go with the cheese. When I left a small group from Nottingham on Saturday they were heading back to the market to buy special sausages they had been shown, we are so lucky to have a great market and independent shops in Tod.

More bookings are coming in all the time from near and far in the UK as well as Europe, and far flung countries like Japan. It could be a very busy year for tours; people do seem to fall a little bit in love with our special town and often come for return trips, which is of course as it should be.