13f. Strengthen local communities, enabling them to care for their environments, and assign environmental responsibilities to the levels of government where they can be carried out most effectively.

Photo: Incredible Edible Todmorden

We didn’t find any difficulty involving people right at the beginning. We said who is up for trying to change the world with local food?

Pam Warhurst, Incredible Edible Todmorden

It is a forever job. The path is stony and rough but the joy of connecting people is fabulous.

Mary Clear, Incredible Edible Todmorden

Incredible Edible Todmorden is a great example of how communities can really make a difference by working together, and planting small seeds that grow into big changes.

Ian Cooper, Councillor, Calderdale Council

The path is stony and rough but the joy of connecting people is fabulous

Incredible Edible Todmorden started with a few residents planting herb gardens in public spaces in the town. The whole community is now planting and growing herbs, vegetables, trees and orchards in patches everywhere including the fire station, church, railway station, social housing land and donated greenfield sites.

Every school in the town is now involved and the initiative promotes food-based learning for the community as a whole. The scheme is a virtuous cycle: the improvements in the physical environment make residents proud of their town, which in turn has generated further support for resident-led public realm activities.

13. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.