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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Incredible Edible idea comes to Ulverston

ULVERSTON is set to celebrate local food after becoming the first Incredible Edible town in Cumbria.

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going green The garden at Ford Park in Ulverston will be at the forefront of the town’s Incredible Edible scheme LINDSEY DICKINGS

The project aims to bring residents and community groups together to grow, share and sell their produce.

Around 30 towns across the world have already adopted the scheme which began in the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden in 2008.

Now, Kim Farr, volunteers manager at Ford Park, which is spearheading the launch of the Incredible Edible venture, is delighted Ulverston is joining the list.

“It’s incredibly exciting and quite a number of people and organisations have shown real enthusiasm for it already,” she said.

“I think Ulverston is particularly suited to this because there’s already such a high take up of allotments here, food production is something that many people are interested in.

“Also, as a festival town, we are used to working collaboratively and supporting each other which is fantastic.”

A public meeting to officially launch Ulverston as an Incredible Edible town is planned for Wednesday, February 26 in the town hall at 6pm.

Residents are being urged to attend to find out more about the project, how they can get involved and to make their own suggestions.

A series of events and activities to run throughout 2014 is already in the pipeline to mark Ulverston’s initiation into the network of Incredible Edible towns.

This includes a plant and seed swap for Easter Monday and the launch of a new NVQ in horticulture set to be available at Ford Park in April.

An Incredible Edible weekend – to coincide with Ulverston Open Gardens in June – is also in the offing, as well as an apple day in September.

Mrs Farr added: “This is about encouraging as many people as possible to get involved – whether your interest in food is growing, baking or eating, you’re in.

“We already have lots of ideas in the offing, but we want people to join in now to really make this a success for our town.”

Have your say

What a fantastic idea and Ulverston is the perfect town for this, I have seen what they do in Todmorden and it is fantastic.

Posted by Tony Smith on 13 February 2014 at 07:39

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