Pam Warhurst: Cofounder, Incredible Edible

Pam is a do-er. She believes in just getting on with it and she’s proved that small steps can make a huge difference. In her hometown of Todmorden in West Yorkshire the food growing project she started inspired the whole community into action. Todmorden now has edible gardens in every possible place, even the churchyard and the police station forecourt. She didn’t ask permission and she didn’t stop to fill out forms. Incredible Edible Todmorden now attracts visitors from all over the world seeking inspiration for their own urban regeneration projects. 



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[3] and was formerly Chair of Forestry Commission Great Britain,[4] which is the largest land management commission in the country. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing and Chair of their Yorkshire region, and is an Honorary Fellow of Landscape Institute.

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]

In 2005, she was appointed 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.