Edible growing champ steps down

By Contributor in Environment

The driving force behind the campaign to turn Totnes into a fruit and nut case is stepping down.

For the past ten years Wendy Stayte has been the coordinator of Incredible Edible Totnes, which has seen hundreds of fruit and nut trees planted across the town.

Now she is stepping down and Transition Town Totnes is looking for someone to take over her role.

“We need one more person to join three others who will to­gether carry forward the coordination of the project,” said Wendy, who is looking particularly for someone interested in the care of orchards and nut groves.

Since planting nut trees on Vire Island in March 2007, the group, which is part of the Transition Town mov­ement, has extended its edible growing to many sites all over town, including school grounds.

“I’d love to see a change in attitude towards farming, gardening and growing,” explained Wendy. “We can’t and don’t own the land. We are its beneficiaries and guar­dians and I see this project as one element of the shift that needs to happen.”

Wendy said she won’t be hanging up her gardening gloves quite yet.

“I’m not going away but I’m giving up the role of being coordinator,” she added.

Anyone interested in helping out should contact the Transition Town Totnes office on 01803 867358.

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