What is Incredible Edible Lambeth?

Incredible Edible Lambeth (IEL) is a network of food growers and activists who are working to improve our communities. We exist to re-localise the food system in Lambeth so that it nurtures us and strengthens our communities. We do this by bringing in resources and funding, running programmes and services and advocating for our members and a more localised food system.

Where did it all start?
It all started in with Incredible Edible Todmorden and we found the ethos inspiring. We believe in systems which are easily replicable and have an eco-system of their own. Many of our projects demonstrate this.

What’s special about Lambeth?
Like most London boroughs, Lambeth is a series of interconnecting villages. Those villages are full of people growing and producing food (over 200 growing projects and counting). They are also full of people who suffer food poverty and ill health. Lambeth is a diverse borough offering a rich food heritage.

IEL was founded in 2010 and is now a Community Interest Company (CIC) with an experienced team of seven directors and a wide network of volunteers and supporters.

What are our aims?

To increase healthy sustainable food grown, produced, sold and eaten trough transforming our local food system, by celebrating, supporting and strengthening community food activity and the connections between local people and local food.

Our team

Ann Bodkin, chair
Ann is an architect and government adviser. She has been chair since IEL was constituted. She holds the vision and direction of IEL, and networks locally, regionally and nationally. In 2013 Ann was listed in the Architects Journal as one of 20 women influencing sustainable architecture in UK.

Makaela Gilchrist
Founding director of the Edible Bus Stop, Mak’s interest is in breaking down barriers using growing initiatives, drawing communities together for a common good. Having lived in many countries, and seen first hand what makes a city pleasant or not. Mak believes big cities need not be unwelcoming, grey places. Mak was recognised by The Observer Magazine as an ‘Ethical Innovator’.

Marjorie Landels
Marjorie is a graphic designer with wide experience of leadership in community development. She co-founded Myatt’s Fields Park Project and led the £3 million renovation of the park. Marjorie has been chair of Myatt’s Fields Park Project for six years and is chair of Minet Hub, Friends of Minet Library and vice-chair Lambeth Tenants Council.

Sue Sheehan
Sue co-founded IEL and led on sustainable communities at Lambeth Council for seven years. She is highly-networked with Lambeth’s grassroots groups. Sue has extensive experience of developing innovative programmes that bring together the voluntary and statutory sectors. Sue has used her journalism background to develop as an effective communicator in tackling sustainability challenges. She has been recognised as a London Leader as part of the GLA Sustainable Development Commission programme.

Victoria Sherwin
Victoria co-founded IEL after leading on a £3 million regeneration of Myatt’s Fields Park. She led the strategic development of the park as a food and growing hub and is developing an inclusive community-led neighbourhood greening strategy based around food. She is a fundraiser specialising in strategic development and community inclusion.

Helen Steer
Helen is a technologist, educator and award-winning author of a series of subversive children’s educational books, including one on the food system, called Mission:Explore Food. She has developed and delivered education projects for Intel, National Geographic and National Parks UK. With Ann Bodkin, she founded GrowBeer, a community beer project which has over 1500 members growing hops nationally. Helen is also recognised as a London Leader as part of the GLA Sustainable Development Commission programme.

Wayne Trevor
Wayne is founder of the Open Orchard Project and West Norwood Bzz Garage community garden. He’s interested in community growing in an urban context and the role that this plays in connecting people to create resilient communities. He has over 14 years experience working in strategy and project delivery in the public transport sector. He keeps chickens in his back garden in south London.

Our partners

We work closely with:
* Lambeth Food Partnership
* Groundwork London
* Sustain
* Incredible Edible Network

We have been funded by:
* Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Official documents

Coming soon.