Our Planet Tod

Our Planet Tod

Our Planet TOD is an initiative that came out of the Great British High Street 2018 campaign – in fact it was the manifesto that ultimately won us the Rising Star Award.

Building on the already strong foundations laid down by the likes of Incredible Edible, Todmorden in Bloom, Keep Tod Tidy and many other community organisations & green businesses – the aim is to pursue some already identified ideas and initiatives to make our great town an even cleaner, greener and kinder place to live, work and visit.

We’re still formulating the best way to spend the winning prize money from the GBHS – as the more work we can do in conjunction with both statutory organisations and voluntary groups the more we’ll achieve.

We’re currently looking into the possible provision of cycle racks, expanding on our ‘green business scheme’ and working with Todmorden Development Board to improve the town centre environment for businesses, residents and visitors.

It’s ‘#OurPlanetTOD’ so we must take care of it. We only have one.

It’s ‘#OurPlanetTOD’ so we must take care of it.

One of the big focus’s of the GBHS campaign was around taking pride in our community and in keeping our town tidy – inspired by and building on the brilliant work of Louisa Needham and her Keep Tod Tidy Group.

We involved the High School in an ‘anti litter’ poster competition, which produced dozens of fantastic entries, and would love other schools and local voluntary groups to let us know about what they’re already doing for ‘#OurPlanetTOD’.

As we’ve seen recently and vociferously in the news, young people take our Climate Emergency very seriously and we need to ‘walk the walk’ not just ‘talk the talk’ in our homes, our schools and our wonderful town of Todmorden.

Whilst litter and plastics reduction are recognised as key areas in which everyone can play their part in making our town a better, cleaner, greener place to live and visit, other areas have also been identified.

With the excellent news that Todmorden has been awarded ‘up to’ £25m from the government for local development & regeneration schemes – find out more at the Todmorden Town Deal website – we will be looking into how these funds can be used and if we can access part of them to pursue some of the Our Planet TOD projects.

Things like this don’t tend to move that quickly, as we’re sure you’re aware, but please do…

Watch this space