Former Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore MP, attended Greener Melrose’s Incredible Edible day at the end of last month.
Speaker for the day based around the town’s Corn Exchange was Melvin Coleman from West Yorkshire’s Todmorden Incredible Edible project, where locals have flash planted vegetables and herbs around the former mill town, including outside the college, the police station, the fire station, the train station and the health centre.
Greener Melrose’s Donald McPhillimy said: “The vegetables have attracted people from all over the world to Todmorden, as well as feeding local people who are welcome to help themselves to the produce. As well as the growing project, there is a new aquaponics centre (fish and plants growing in harmony), allotments and spin off businesses. Every food seller in the town was given an Incredible Edible blackboard on which they could promote the local food they had for sale.
Also part of the day were Borders Organic Growers, Fairtrade, Grow to Work and Earlston Orchard Town and attendees had the chance to see local apples being pressed, sample smoked wild salmon and try other local delicacies.
Mr McPhillimy said: “This was a chance for Greener Melrose to promote its own projects to the public, local councillors and the local MP.”
He said Greener Melrose is establishing a community orchard at Drygrange, as well as allotments.
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