Pam Warhurst, CBE

Pam Warhurst, CBE

Pam Warhurst, CBE

Pam Warhurst is a British community leader, activist and environment worker best known for founding the voluntary gardening initiative, Incredible Edible, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Incredible Edible is an urban gardening project which was started in 2008 by Pamela Warhurst, Mary Clear and a group of like-minded people. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are grown around the town, tended to by volunteers and the produce is free to pick by anyone. The project aims to bring people together through actions around local food, helping to change behaviour towards the environment and to build a kinder and more resilient world.

Pam is currently Chair of Incredible Edible and was formerly Chair of Forestry Commission Great Britain, which is the largest land management commission in the country. She is also Chair of The Incredible Aquagarden, a social enterprise demonstrating and teaching urban farming, 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.

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, and a board member of Yorkshire Forward. She has also chaired the National Countryside Access Forum and the Calderdale NHS Trust.

Pam was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to the environment In the New Year Honours 2005.