Town Team’s fresh veg plan for Dewsbury town centre

DIGGING IN: Town Team members Alison Cotterill, Anthony Whitehouse and Andrew Sloman get to work on the Incredible Edible project. (d27031294)
DIGGING IN: Town Team members Alison Cotterill, Anthony Whitehouse and Andrew Sloman get to work on the Incredible Edible project. (d27031294)
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Artichokes and sunflowers will soon be growing in Dewsbury town centre.

Members of Dewsbury Town Team were hard at work on Tuesday clearing an overgrown patch of land at the bus station and planting artichokes and sunflowers as part of their Incredible Edibles scheme.

This is a spin-off of the Space To Grow project, which aims to identify suitable town centre areas that can be tidied up and cultivated.

Town Team secretary Anthony Whitehouse said: “This area near the bus station is ideal, it’s south facing and a lovely sunny spot.”

The site was one of two the team had identified as suitable for the project.

“The other is a derelict bank of ground behind the Time Piece pub. It’s overgrown and has been used by fly tippers, it’s also next door to Pioneer House and would make the area look much better if it was tidied up,” said Mr Whitehouse.

“We hope people will see what we’re doing and come along and join in,” said volunteer Alison Cotterill.

Space To Grow is one of several projects the Town Team is currently working on.

On the evening of Monday April 23 the team will give more than 240 free books to people as part of World Book Night.

Town Team chairman Christine Starmer said: “World Book Night aims to promote literacy by celebrating books and reading and we’re hoping that by distributing these books we’ll be sharing our enjoyment of reading as well as creating a unique and fun moment in our community.

“Organisers awarded books to people who best explained why they wanted to share their selected book, we’re delighted that so many members were chosen to participate.”

A further 48 World Book Night books will be distributed by Town Team member Ros Arden at the West Riding Refreshment Rooms and by Christine Wood at local train stations.

And today the Town Team’s bid for a Portas Pilot grant is being submitted. The bid focuses on a number of initiatives designed to increase activity in the town centre. The aim is to work with landlords to identify suitable empty properties to refurbish internally for community use.