How you can help

Sustainable food

Buying food that’s been produced locally means it will have travelled less distance, creating less pollution. Buying your food from local greengrocers, markets and independent shops helps local businesses stay alive, keeps money circulating in the local economy, maintains the character of our towns and protects jobs for local people. You’ll also tend to travel less to do your shopping, which keeps your carbon emissions down as well.

Godfrey Road allotments

Go green-fingered

Try growing some of your own food - in your garden, on an allotment rented from the Council, as part of a community growing initiative, or even on your windowsill. You don’t always need a lot of space to grow food – many vegetables and herbs grow very well in tubs or planters.

There are several options available:


The Council have several allotments available and these can be rented to individuals to produce vegetables and fruit crops for use by themselves or their family.

For more information go to Allotments or email


If there is a piece of Council-owned land adjoining your property which you would like to rent to create or extend a garden area we can help.

Please telephone 01422 392129 or email

Community Growing

Calderdale Council are keen to build on the success of Incredible Edible Todmorden |External link by encouraging local people to get involved in growing their own food. We can provide advice and encouragement to help get you started, but we can also make available any suitable Council land. As part of our commitment to this we will be running a pilot scheme in Todmorden from March 2014 to March 2015.

Community Growing is for groups of people who want to work together to create edible growing spaces for use by the community, for example, Incredible Edible Todmorden. You can join these groups or you can set up a new organisation. More information can be found in our leaflet Growing on Council Land [PDF file 181KB]|PDF file.

To view the full Community Growing guidance, including a plain English licence and useful contacts go to Community Growing Guidance [PDF file 249KB]|PDF file.

Help finding land

If you have seen a piece of Council land you would like to use or need support to find available land in Todmorden, our Calderdale maps online will help. Please get in touch with Kirsten Fussing for more information via email to or via telephone on 01706 548133.


Why would land be unavailable for community growing?

As part of this pilot, a number of checks have already been carried out on the Council-owned land in Todmorden. Some pieces of land are unsuitable or unavailable for food growing for a number of reasons, such as:

How do I obtain a licence?

When applying for a licence to use Council land for community growing we will need the following:

For more information on Community Growing activities in Todmorden, email or call 01706 548133.

Useful links

To find out where your nearest local market is see .

Calder Valley Organic Gardeners|External link
The organisation aims to educate its members and members of the public in all aspects of organic and natural gardening, both ornamental and productive.

Garden Organic|External link (the new name for the Henry Doubleday Research Association)
A a registered charity and Europe’s largest organic membership organisation. It is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.

Fairtrade Foundation|External link
For more information on Fairtrade products.

Love Food Hate Waste|External link
Love Food Hate Waste is the ‘Waste Not Want Not’ of the modern day, providing handy tips, advice and recipes for leftovers to help everyone waste less food.

Last Updated: 11/11/2016