Seed scheme’s growing following

Flower tubs on Wellington Road donated by E. Box. (190706)
Flower tubs on Wellington Road donated by E. Box. (190706)

GREEN fingered gardeners have been encouraged to grow their own produce following the continued funding of a popular project.

Launched last year, the scheme has led to more than 1,000 people in Spen buying seeds to plant their own vegetables. Seeds will be available once a month from Spen’s markets, with expert advice also on offer from the special stall staffed by Kirklees Markets.

The success of the project has seen 686 local growers come forward in Cleckheaton, with a further 540 in Heckmondwike.

Those already involved with the Growing Together scheme are reaping what they have sown, with the project now extending until September.

The £3,950 grant was backed by the whole committee.

It is hoped that the continuation of the project will give a boost to Heckmondwike’s Tuesday indoor market, where there will be a stall to provide the seeds and expert advice.

Before the meeting, committee chairman Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib-Dem, Cleckheaton) said: “At this time when money is tight for many people, I feel it is encouraging to be involved in the Growing Together project.

“The project has highlighted that there is a desire among local people to learn about and start to grow their own food.”

The stalls will be held at Cleckheaton Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of the month, and at Heckmondwike Market on the first Tuesday of the month.