Incroyable! Incredible edible book to be published in France

We’re excited to announce that there’ll be a French edition of Incredible! Plant Veg, Grow a Revolution next year. Urban Pollinators has agreed to licence French publisher Actes-Sud to translate and republish the book as Incroyables Comestibles! – and we’re looking forward to seeing the Incredible Edible magic continue to spread throughout the French-speaking world. […]

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 […]

Inspiration of the month: Offshoots, Burnley

Eighteen months ago Gillian Newlove struggled to leave her house. Her confidence was at rock bottom and she did all she could to avoid meeting people. Last Christmas couldn’t have been more different. Her paintings were exhibited at Accrington Town Hall, she met the mayor and visitors were enquiring about buying her work. The change […]

How many of our natural cathedrals will survive austerity?

In recent weeks we’ve been visiting parks, gardens and open spaces in England and Wales as part of a project with Groundwork UK, hearing inspiring stories of change but alsoseeing people battling against the odds to preserve spaces and activities that funders no longer see as a priority.   We’re also reviewing the huge volume […]

Inspiration of the month: Eigg’s energy grid

Can community ownership of energy generation crack the conundrum of behaviour change? A look at the Scottish Island of Eigg gives us reasons to be optimistic. A constant refrain among commentators on climate change is that individuals and organisations find it difficult to change their behaviour, and to live in a way that consumes less […]

Inspiration of the week: Todmorden’s edible green route

How do you bring a town together when there’s a busy main road running through the middle, and many of the people who live there work somewhere else? For three years Incredible Edible Todmorden has been changing the look and reputation of a small market town by planting fruit and vegetables in public spaces, from […]

Inspiration of the week: Brighton’s planners

It isn’t often council planners are described as inspiring. Government ministers certainly don’t think so: the draft National Planning Policy Framework is designed to remove many of their current responsibilities. So why are Brighton’s planners inspiring? Brighton and Hove Council has just become the first in England to adopt planning advice to encourage food growing […]

Inspiration of the week: the ABLE project

Where there’s muck there’s brass goes the saying, but in Wakefield they could add that where there’s muck there’s fish, vegetables, wildlife and a training project for long term unemployed people. The ABLE project is a social enterprise based on 34 acres of Yorkshire Water land at Caldervale sewage works. The former landfill site combines […]

Inspiration of the week: The Greenhouse

Walk into the Greenhouse and you wouldn’t imagine it was once a local eyesore. The former Shaftesbury House workers’ lodgings in Beeston Hill, south Leeds, is now a showpiece for sustainable living. It’s an example of what can be done with a building that could easily have been demolished and replaced with a boring development of […]

Inspiration of the week: Jane’s Walk

It’s an unusual legacy but Jane’s Walk, which gets people out exploring the areas where they live and talking to their neighbours, would surely be welcomed by urbanist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walk celebrates the memory of Jacobs, who died in 2006. She had radical ideas about the best way to make cities work, believing they […]