Pam Warhurst CBE
Founder and chair
In 2012 the Incredible Edible Network started to support the work of the Incredible Edible groups across the UK. The Incredible Edible Network seeks to:
The Incredible Edible Network is served by a Board of Directors who are responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the movement. They hold the legal responsibility for the Incredible Edible brand and administer how it is used.
During 2018 the board is undertaking a full governance review in order to best represent the UK movement and to be sustainable and effective in the next stage of the movement’s growth.
Once the review is complete we will share some of our learning and hopes for the future with the network, together with our governance structure designed to enable this work.
The Roots and Branches project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and aims to invest in and strengthen our work. We have six Regional Facilitators throughout the UK. They work together as part of a National Team to learn from and share the work of our groups.
The team work together with our groups to distill the learning of the last decade and to enable others to access this learning and kick start new Incredible journeys. We have published this new website to connect groups together and form a knowledge exchange of all things Incredible.
The Regional Facilitators also provide face to face and phone support to new groups who are emerging, as well as encouragement to the groups who have been Incredible for a while. They also provide regional support by gathering groups together to offer mutual support to each other.
In the North East of England, Incredible Edible is working in partnership with Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC), a charity promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles. MEC work with communities and business around food, running projects such as Growing Middlesbrough and the Patchwork Community Orchard. Our Regional Facilitator for the North East of England, Joe Dunne, works for MEC and is brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to support the Roots and Branches project as well as Incredible Edible groups in the region.
We will be developing a leadership programme to further support our community leaders across the UK who are instrumental to developing our Incredible Edible groups, as well as supporting local (and national) connections and networks of Incredible people who will have the skills and motivation to continue doing Incredible things well beyond the lifetime of the project funding.
The Roots and Branches project is a way of expressing the heart of the network’s passion that our grass roots activists are the power house of our movement. It is also about understanding that investing in them is our most effective route to creating a kinder more connected world.
Volunteer Regional Facilitator - North West England
Incredible Education CIC
Volunteer Regional Facilitator - North East England
Food Partnership Manager - Middlesbrough Environment City
Volunteer Regional Facilitator - South West England
Incredible Edible Bristol
Volunteer Regional Facilitator - East and South East England (not London)
Incredible Edible Dunstable
Volunteer UK Project Manager
Volunteer Regional Facilitator - Wales
Bwyd Bendigedig Conwy
Occasionally the Incredible Edible Network publishes reports based on our work.
Streams in the desert – this document is our manifesto, our thinking and reflections on the challenge of food deserts and food access. The Incredible Edible model may prove once more to be the collection of small actions that create the change we want to see in the world.
Propagating success? The Incredible Edible model – this 2017 a research report evaluates the social, economic and environmental impacts of the Incredible Edible model as it has been applied in Todmorden and assesses its wider potential as a community-led framework for improving wellbeing.
Incredible Edible UK in 2017 – this report captures stories from across Incredible Edible groups and presents the successes, difficulties and needs of different groups to give a holistic picture of the movement in the UK.
Incredible Edible Impact Report 2018 – here we present our work in the UK in 2018 which has been supported by the National Lottery Funded Roots and Branches project, focusing on growing communities, connecting people, bountiful food, amplifying our message and looking forward.
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