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Pam Warhurst CBE, one of the founder members of  Incredible Edibles, a community vegetable, herb and fruit growing project in Todmorden, a market town in West Yorkshire, is coming to talk to local people about this amazing project on:

Monday 28th October 2013 
 Ballygowan Village Hall 
Ballygowan
7.30pm – 9.00pm

Members of Ballygowan District and Community Association (BDCA) who are co-ordinating the event have been looking at ways to develop their community plan which will help to regenerate their village.

Sean Hughes, chairperson of the BDCA said: “Growing vegetables and fruit was one of the ideas that was identified in our recent Ballygowan community survey. We have already started our own Incredible Edible project by planting apple, pear and plum trees and raspberry bushes in the Comber Road Park, Ballygowan.

Greenfingers Pam Warhurst is coming to speak at a meeting in Ballygowan.

Greenfingers Pam Warhurst is coming to speak at a meeting in Ballygowan.

“We are delighted that Pam is coming to talk to local people about the remarkable community growing project in her home town.  We would like to invite anyone who is interested in hearing her inspirational story to come along to the event where they will be made most welcome.   We would also like to thank the management of La Mon Hotel who have generously agreed to provide accommodation for Pam’s visit.”

During her talk, Pam Warhurst will explain how the local people in Todmordon came together to not only grow their own vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers in every bit of waste ground, grass verge, along the river bank, at the train station, and in boxes on the pavement but also how they make the time and effort to maintain, prune, weed and care for the produce that can be picked and plucked by the local community for their own use.

Pam Warhurst said: “I am delighted to accept the invitation to speak to local people from the Ballygowan district about Incredible Edibles.  I congratulate the Ballygowan Community Association for their vision, tenacity and hard work in starting their own vegetable and fruit growing project for the residents of the village.  As we have demonstrated in Todmordon, once the momentum gets going there is no end to what can be achieved and I wish them every success for the future.”

Ards Councillor Deborah Girvan,  who made the initial contact to invite Pam Warhurst to attend the event, said: “I met Pam at a conference a few years ago and was really impressed with how a community growing project had been so successful in bringing local people together and how it spawned a whole variety of different projects such as bee keeping, the production of free range eggs and classes on growing and cooking  fruit and vegetables.

“I kept in touch with Pam and asked her if she would come and give a talk in our area and was so pleased when she said ‘Yes!’  Incredible Edibles is an excellent example of how people can make a real difference to their own community and I have no doubt that her talk will inspire everyone to get involved in growing their own produce.”