What is Edible Edinburgh?
Edible Edinburgh aims to inspire and motivate everyone across Edinburgh to work together to build new approaches to food.
Together we can make positive choices that are healthier and tastier and which bring social, economic and environmental benefits to the whole community.
Why was it set up?
In 2011, the City of Edinburgh Council published a framework for a ‘Sustainable Edinburgh 2020’ and consulted on priority issues for action. Food issues came high on the list of what people felt was important so a series of seminars were held, exploring issues ranging from community access to land for growing to concerns about food and health, food waste and food poverty.
From this, a cross sector steering group was established and Edible Edinburgh was formed. In the autumn of 2013, a public consultation was launched to ask people across the city their opinion of Edible Edinburgh’s vision. Over 400 people and organisations responded with their feedback and thoughts.
This Edible Edinburgh Sustainable Food City Plan has been developed based on this feedback.
How we work
We have a Steering Group who meet a few times a year to share ideas, progress and review what to do next. Members of the group connect widely across the food sector in our city to help make things happen. The Project Officer and other group members get involved in policy work, acting as a representative voice for the local and community food sector as well as for good public food. We also have sub groups who look at particular topics such as the environment, food poverty and supply chains. Take a look at our current work map for a sense of what we’re up to. We are always open to ideas and suggestions so feel free to get in touch.
Who is involved?
The Edible Edinburgh Steering Group involves representatives from the public, private and third sectors:
Pat Abel: Chair Transition Edinburgh South and Director of Nourish Scotland
Shulah Allan: Vice Chair, NHS Lothian
Charlie Cornelius: Manager, Iglu Bar & Restaurant
Lesley Hinds: Councillor, CEC
Colin Murray: Senior Development Officer, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council
Marianne Paget: Policy Officer, City of Edinburgh Council
Ellie Brodie: Social Researcher/Consultant, Scotland’s Rural Colleges
Tracy McGillivray: Health Promotion Specialist, NHS Lothian
Tracey Reilly: Policy Manager, Nourish Scotland
Pete Ritchie: Director, Nourish Scotland
Fiona Richmond: 2014 Project Manager, Scotland Food & Drink
Andrew Stirling: Owner, Stirfresh
Laura Stewart: Director, Soil Association Scotland
Angela Mitchell: Manager, Soil Association Scotland
Iain Stewart: Chief Executive, Edinburgh Community Food
Anne Gibson: National Development Officer, Community Food & Health Scotland, NHS Health Scotland
Carole Fyfe: Head of Tourism & Hospitality Academy, Edinburgh College
Charlotte Maberly: MSc Gastronomy Lecturer, Queen Margaret University
Austen Wright: Account Manager, Sodexo
Kim Young: Partnerships Project Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
Emma Witney: Development Officer, Edible Edinburgh
John Armour: Policy Manager, NFU Scotland
Marisa Wilson: Chancellor’s Fellow, School of Geosciences.
Jean Matthieu Gaunand: Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council
You can get in touch with Edible Edinburgh through our Development Officer, Emma Witney.
Tel: 0131 469 3846
Edible Edinburgh is chaired by Councillor Lesley Hinds, Councillor for Inverleith.
Making good food available to everyone in Edinburgh has long been a passion for Lesley. As our Chair she brings a wealth of experience and inspiration to the campaign to make our vision a reality. A former leader of the Council and Lord Provost she knows the challenges faced by Edinburgh’s citizens and as a past Chair of NHS Health Scotland she is committed to the fight for improvements in health inequalities. Making good food accessible for all is at the centre of that battle. She is committed to leading the Edible Edinburgh partnership as it spearheads the changes needed to make our city a sustainable food city.