Pamela Warhurst

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Pamela Warhurst
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Pam Warhurst at Thinking Digital 2012
Chair of Incredible Edible

Pamela Janice Warhurst CBE (born 1950) is a British community leader, activist and environment worker best known for founding the voluntary gardening initiative, Incredible Edible, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.[1] In 2009, Prince Charles visited the project in support.[2]

Warhurst is currently Chair of Incredible Edible and Chair of the Todmorden Town Deal regeneration board [3] and was formerly Chair of Forestry Commission Great Britain,[4] which is the largest land management commission in the country. She was also Chair of The Incredible Aquagarden, a social enterprise demonstrating and teaching urban farming (dissolved) and Chair of Handmade Parade a leading community arts enterprise, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing and is an Honorary Fellow of Landscape Institute and Leeds Becket University. She has an MA in Economics from Manchester University.

She previously served as a member of the Board of Natural England, where she was the lead non-executive board member working on the Countryside & Rights of Way Bill in 2000. She has been both Deputy Chair and Acting Chair of the Countryside Agency, a Labour council leader on the Calderdale Council,[5] and a board member of Yorkshire Forward. She has also chaired the National Countryside Access Forum and the Calderdale NHS Trust.[6]

From 2005 to 2018 she took the Chair of Pennine Prospects, a regeneration company focusing on the South Pennine region of the United Kingdom.[7] In the New Year Honours 2005 Warhurst was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to the environment.[8][9]

Warhurst lives in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

She launched Incredible Edible in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and now, there are 150 groups in the UK and 1000 groups in the world. She started an experimental project focused on "eating". She sowed seeds of kidney beans and other vegetables on the ground of a dilapidated health center and put up a big sign "FOOD FOR FREE" when it was time to harvest. This is the beginning of Incredible Edible that has made a strong economic turnaround. She successfully got the desired result by this project. There are 70 areas where you can grow food and can pick them up in Todmorden. She describes the system as three spinning “plates”: community, business, and education. Each plate is an essential factor. In addition, she gave many lectures all over the world, wrote a book about this project, and posted some TED talks that have over several thousand views.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ "Incredible Edible Todmorden Unlimited". Incredible Edible Todmorden Unlimited. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  2. ^ "'s a national breakthrough as Tod representatives meet Prince Charles". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ "ALL REGISTERED RECORDS FOR PAMELA WARHURST". cdrex. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Forestry Commission Chair". Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  5. ^ Brooks, Charlie (2 April 2010). "Quangos bind the countryside in red tape". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Debretts: Pamela Warhurst". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Pennine Prospects-About us". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  8. ^ "No. 57509". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2004. pp. 9–28.
  9. ^ "Pamela Warhurst". Thinking Digital. Archived from the original on 22 June 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  10. ^ "パム・ワーハースト". Changemaker Library (in Japanese). Retrieved 2022-12-03.
  11. ^ Sofia, PENABAZ-WILEY. "インクレディブル・エジブル Incredible Edible" (PDF).
  12. ^ "「庭仕事の真髄」第8章 ラディカルな食料栽培". 寒冷地ガーデナーNotebook (in Japanese). Retrieved 2022-12-03.

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