New book tells the story of Yorkshire’s food revolution

The story of the Incredible Edible movement that begun in Todmorden and has now spread across the world is to be told in a new book by Urban Pollinators writer Joanna Dobson. What began with ‘propaganda planting’ in cemeteries and on station platforms in a former mill town has now become a global network of […]

At the forefront of a new debate

Our involvement in events over the recent months has demonstrated a growing interest in ideas of people-centred placemaking, and especially in the future of high streets and town centres. Julian Dobson has been a keynote speaker at a range of events, including the State of the City debate in Belfast in October 2012, and the […]

Stimulating debate, challenging assumptions: our work in 2012

If the state of the economy and society during 2012 has taught us anything, it is that new thinking is needed to bring us through times that are already a lot harder than anyone imagined at the onset of the financial crisis five years ago. Yet much of that thinking remains on the margins of […]

The Portas Review, one year on

To mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Portas Review, AMT and Urban Pollinators have brought together a range of collaborators to reflect on town centre progress and problems. High streets and town centres remain firmly on the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments’ agendas. It’s encouraging that so much local action is taking place and […]

A look back at our first year

We’ve been trading as Urban Pollinators for a year. For most consultants, and most writers, 2011 has been a tough year – yet we’ve come through and have been able to make a mark, influencing thinking and developing new ideas. You can read our review of 2011 here.

News: new partnership with placemaking experts Beam

We’re pleased to announce that we’re strengthening our great relationship with public arts and placemaking experts at Beam, based at Wakefield’s Orangery. Urban Pollinators director Julian Dobson has joined a new panel of Beam Associates, providing expertise across a wide range of disciplines in arts, architecture, community development, public space and regeneration. Other associates include […]