A community is being urged to get behind a unique project to grow vegetables for members of the public to pick and use at their leisure.
The Incredible Edible Thurnscoe scheme will involve transforming empty plots around the village by planting flowers, vegetables and herbs. Residents will then be invited to pick the vegetables and herbs to use once they are fully grown.
They are looking at planting wild flowers in empty raised beds in Houghton Road and will plant edible greens in a plot near the post office in Lidget Lane. The project, led by the Big Local Thurnscoe partnership, was launched at Thurnscoe Library on Monday. Children who attended received a free ‘Let It Grow’ planter to take home.
Alison Vint, community development officer for Big Local Thurnscoe, said: “We want to let people know that we are here to support environmental projects in Thurnscoe and we welcome any ideas that residents have to get involved and support the growing of edible produce. We have a number of places in mind for raised beds and planters but we would love to hear from anyone who has more or who would like to get involved with the project.”
The scheme is based on a similar project called Incredible Edible Todmorden in West Yorkshire which proved to be successful. The Big Local project has launched in 150 areas across the UK and encourages residents to use a share of £1m to improve their communities.