VILLAGERS have been invited to take their pick from a selection of free herbs.
Christine Wilson has set up the Pick As You Pass project in Birdsedge.
Passers-by can choose from rosemary, thyme, sage, lavender and sweet peas from the 24ft by 6ft area on Birdsedge Lane.
Christine, 64, was inspired to set up the free herb garden after attending a Kirklees Council conference on green energy at Ravensknowle Park, Dalton, in 2009.
She said: “There was a group from Todmorden who talked about setting up herb beds which people could pick from.
“It sounded great and I thought we could do that in Birdsedge.
“I looked around the village to see if there was an area that was safe and big enough and I found a spot opposite Birdsedge Church.”
The herb garden, funded by Armitage’s Garden Centre, was unveiled on Friday May 6.
Christine said: “People can come and take as much as they need for their dinner, or even to munch on when they’re out walking.”
Helping to make an occasion at the Pass’n’Pick Community Herb Garden were Police Chief Superintendent Barry South, head teacher Maureen Walden, Pc Sally Baines, Pcso Sharron Mellor, KNH representative Patricia Lee, Steve and Carole Ashley from the Village Hall committee and countryside ranger Bob Coburn. Armitage’s Garden Centre donated all the plants and their representative Jo Dales helped the children with the planting. Refreshments were served afterwards in the church hall.