JULIAN Faulkner is a man with a mission - to spread the word about the benefits of allotments.
He's been given the title of Kirklees Council's social forestry officer for a project entitled Allotments for Health and Wellbeing.
He aims to encourage people to grow their own produce on plots and get all the benefits of open-air exercise that goes with it.
His three-year scheme is paid for by the Lotto's former New Opportunities Fund.
Mr Faulkner said: "The project aims to work across a range of local projects centred on allotments.
"But it will spread beyond allotments to encompass the whole community.
"It will involve growing food, forest gardens, work with schools, information to people about growing at home, community orchards, local food economy projects, leisure gardens and recreational use.
"It will also tie in to health issues, including horticultural therapy, stress relief, diabetes, eating initiatives," he added.
"The project will also promote tree-planting projects and other enhancement schemes."
Mr Faulkner, who previously worked for Oldham Council, will be based in Kirklees Council's Countryside Unit.
He said: "The project is linked to national initiatives regarding organic growing and allotment regeneration."
Schemes at the centre of the initial drive will include creating new plots at Sycamore Avenue in Golcar.
Disused allotments will be brought into use at Royds Hall, Paddock, and new plots are to be created at Hey Crescent, Meltham.