February was a month of firsts

A month of firsts it all started with IET volunteers being taken on a taster heritage tour of the town hall.

Our visitors can now take a combined Town Hall and IET tour thanks to the work of Daniel Jessop and his team of heritage volunteer tour guides.

Last week we joined forces with Todmorden Harriers to provide hot high protein lunches for the runners in flower scar fell race.

We cooked 87 portions of vegan chili on Saturday and transported it all to the Cricket Club Sunday Morning where three of our incredible volunteers cooked a huge pan of rice and made garlic bread.

A lovely hot steaming meal is just what’s needed to get warm after coming off that wet cold fell. All the proceeds from the lunch went to support Todmorden Mountain Rescue.

If you would like to try this tasty chilli for yourself the recipe is available on the IET website www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk we love to come together with other Tod groups this way; it’s what community is all about.

Work to make the growing sites around town that little bit smarter ready for the summer is going well, while the runners were running and the cooks were cooking in the cricket club kitchen the gardeners were gardening across the road at the herb beds.

The centre beds have been edged with new wooden log roll to keep the herbs in and the grass out, it looks so much tidier and should make it easier for the council to mow the grass.

There will be some new plants going in when the weather is warmer.

The community college beds are getting some smart trellis at the back for climbing beans and other edibles and the large square planters by the market hall are on the to do list with plants being moved ready for new herbs to go in when the time is right.

We have just taken delivery of lots of new berry bushes so there will be plenty of soft fruit for everyone to pick this summer.

Some Worcester berry bushes have already gone in along the tow path, the first of some incredible planting that will spring up in different places from Key Sike to Gauxholme.

The team really do want to make IET growing sites a joy to behold for everyone who lives, works in or visits our wonderful town.