Huddersfield Parish Church plants seeds for the future
Mar 26 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
NOT many churches offer their congregation the chance to pray and grow their own food.
But at Huddersfield Parish Church a gardening project is to form an important part of this year’s Easter celebrations.
As part of the town’s ongoing Incredible Edible movement, a small garden plot has been created outside the Byram Street Church.
Dozens of edible plants of all shapes and sizes are now waiting to be put in the ground by the community.
The idea is that churchgoers will get planting after this Sunday’s service to celebrate the festival of Palm Sunday.
Canon Catherine Ogle, Vicar of Huddersfield, said that the project ties in well with the Easter message.
She said: “This is the time of year when gardens are coming alive and this idea of rebirth forms an important part of the message of Easter.
“As Christians we’re really concerned about caring for God’s world and this is a small step towards greening our town and becoming more connected to the earth.”
The project has been organised by the Incredible Edible initiative, which aims to encourage people in Huddersfield to grow their own food.
It is one of a number of projects planned to get the town gardening and promote a greater awareness of food.
Norah Hamill, from Incredible Edible, said: “Simply through growing we can creatively discover community remedies to combat climate change, oil depletion and poverty while feeding ourselves.
“Our projects involve community action in producing an integrated design around the food we eat, and proving that food and people can grow in any environment and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
“All this has been achieved through volunteers and donations from local businesses.”
Foods including strawberries, rhubarbs, herbs, runner beans and leeks will be planted in the church garden with locals encouraged to pick and try them as they pass by.
Canon Ogle added: “So many people love gardening but haven’t thought about growing their own food.
“We’re in a really central part of town so hopefully this will raise the profile of the project – it’s an idea that’s really current.
“I think people will be surprised when they see the garden, but hopefully it will get them thinking it’s a great idea because if food can be grown here it can be grown anywhere.”
The gardening project takes place this Sunday after the main church service at 11.15am and everyone is welcome to come along and plant.