Cambridge Sustainable Food in the Media

Cambridge Sustainable Food has featured prominently in the local press, as well as on Cambridgeshire radio stations and community TV. Please email Bev Sedley with any media queries:


Cambridge Matters – Winter 2018 Edition

The winter edition of Cambridge Matters, Cambridge City Council’s magazine for residents, has arrived. Read all about the latest news, events and plans for Cambridge, including the council’s work with Cambridge Sustainable Food to reduce food waste and the consumption of resources on page 11. Read more here.

“Cambridge cookery school sign up for Real Living Wage”, Cambridge Independent, 7th December 2018

Cambridge Cookery, one of Cambridge Sustainable Food’s award winners for sustainable business, is the latest local company to become a Real Living Wage employer. Having heard about the scheme through CSF, they decided to make a public pledge to offer their staff the Real Living Wage rate. Find out more here.

“Virginie Schanté: Cambridge Sustainabale Food”, Cambridge 105 Radio, 7th November 2018

Gemma Birley talks to Virginie about the Veg Cities campaign that’s calling on the people of Cambridge to grow, cook and eat more veg. Listen to the interview here.

“Nature, farming, food and gardening”, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 95.7FM, 28th October 2018

Gemma Birley from Cambridge Sustainable Food talks to Gerald Main about our Veg Pledge as part of the Veg Cities campaign, and what it means to support sustainable food. Listen here.

“Cambridge and Sustainable Food”, 105 Radio, 27th June 2018

Julia Clover from Cambridge 105 Radio interviewed Councillor Rosy Moore on the new sustainable food policy adopted by Cambridge City Council on the 27th of June 2018. 

“Chef event highlights food waste”, Cambridge Independent, 30th May 2018

A summary of the Ready, Steady, Cook event hosted on Wednesday 23rd May. 

Food Poverty Interview, ITV Look East, April 19th 

Sam Dyer was interviewed live on Look East and discussed food poverty issues in the area. 

“City Poised to be Sustainable Food Capital”, Cambridge Independent, April 18th

Cambridge Independent report on Cllr Oscar Gillespie’s drive for a sustainable food policy and Sam Dyer comments on the importance of promoting issues from food waste to food poverty. Read CambridgeIndy.

ARU Zero Food Waste Week InterviewCambridge 105 Radio, February 23rd

Sam Dyer joins Suzie to talk about FOOD WASTE: Sort it out, the Cambridge Sustainable Food campaign that’s trying to encourage students to reduce their food waste to keep compostable and biodegradable waste out of landfill. Listen here

“Declaring War on Food Waste”Cambridge Independent, February 21st

Interview with Sam Dyer for Cambridge Independent talking about CSF teaming up with Anglia Ruskin for their FOOD WASTE: sort it out!  campaign. A comprehensive article with some food waste tips printed along side. 

Sugar Smart Launch InterviewBBC Radio Cambridgeshire, February 19th

Amy Wormald spoke to Dotty McLeod about the Sugar Smart launch on Saturday and updated her on the campaign as a whole. You can listen here from 1 hour 50 mins in. 

ARU Zero Food Waste Week InterviewBBC Radio Cambridgeshire, February 19th

Sam Dyer from Cambridge Sustainable Food was on the Chris Mann Show promoting the ARU Zero Food Waste week, a campaign to raise more awareness about food waste sorting, in collaboration with ARU. Sam also discussed food waste issues, sell by dates and recipe ideas! Listen from 21 mins! 

Sugar Smart Cambridge InterviewBBC Radio Cambridgeshire, January 29th

Amy Wormald from Sugar Smart Cambridge was on the Chris Mann Show discussing all things to do with the Sugar Smart campaign plus low sugar and delicious recipe ideas. She was joined by producers Sophie and Emma. Listen from 2 hrs 7 mins in. 

Ready Steady Cook Food Waste InterviewsBBC Radio Cambridgeshire and Cambridge 105 Radio,  January 19th

Alex Collis from FoodCycle Cambridge did couple of interviews talking about the community fridge at The Edge Cafe and the Ready Steady Cook off event that took place on the 20th January at The Edge Cafe! The Ready Steady Cook Food Waste event was organised to promote the community fridge and raise awareness about food waste. Have a listen to the interview with Chris Mann on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire here (2 hr 8 mins in) and the interview with Julian Clover on Cambridge 105 radio here.

Sugar Smart Cambridge FeatureThat’s Cambridge, January 18th

Sugar Smart Cambridge along with Cambridge United, Everyone Health, Darwin College and Cambridge City Council were featured on That’s Cambridge where we talked about the campaign and why it’s important to cut our sugar consumption. You can watch the video here. This video was also featured on BBC Look East.

Sugar Smart Cambridge InterviewBBC Radio Cambridgeshire, January 8th

Amy Wormald from Sugar Smart Cambridge did an interview with Dotty McLeod on “The Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show” along with Justin D’Largento and Dr Giles Yeo (from BBC Two’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor). Hear how Justin is taking on the Sugar Smart Challenge to reduce his sugar consumption for the week. You can listen to the interview here from 19 mins in and 49.5 mins with Dr Giles Yeo.

Sugar Smart Cambridge and CSF were featured in Cambridge News, Cambridge News, January 2nd

Cambridge News published an article about the Sugar Smart Campaign in Cambridge which is running in partnership with Cambridge Sustainable Food and local community organisations.


Pumpkin Festival and SustainabilityBBC Radio Cambridgeshire, October 22th

Bev did an interview with Christopher South on “The Great Outdoors”. They mentioned many sustainability issues before talking about the festival.

Another Pumpkin Festival interviewBBC Radio Cambridgeshire, October 20th

Bev Sedley talked about the Pumpkin Festival on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drivetime. Read more about the festival here.

Make your food go further for Cambridge Pumpkin Festival, Cambridge Matters, Autumn issue

Cambridge Matters talks about the Pumpkin Festival in their Autumn issue (page 13). They point out that it is funded by the Council and Sainsbury’s (Waste Less Save More campaign).

Celebrate the humble pumpkin in Cambridge, Cambridge news, October 18th

Cambridge news posted a detailed article about the Pumpkin festival on their website. We love their catch-phrase: “Ghost, ghouls, witches and wolves – these aren’t the true horrors of Hallowe’en. The real fright is the 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins which end up in the bin each year.”

Pumpkin Festival interview, BBC Radio Chris Mann, October 16th

Sam Dyer answered to Chris Mann’s questions on the Pumpkin Festival. Find out more here.

The Pumpkin Festival Interview, 105 Radio, October 3rd

Sam Dyer tells you everything you need to know about the Pumpkin Festival on 105 Radio with Liz Barker. All the events are explained in detail here and find out more here.

Flavour: Food Waste, 105 Radio, October 3rd

Sam Dyer explains the concept of community fridge and its effect on food waste and community! “The concept is simple: you take in what you don’t need and take out what you do”. Find out more about Cambridge’s first Community Fridge here.

The Community Fridge, BBC Radio Chris Mann, October 3rd

Sam Dyer talks about the Community Fridge and gives some information about food in the UK on BBC Radio (from 51 minutes in). Find out more about Cambridge’s first Community Fridge here.

Pumpkin Festival, Cambridge Edition, October issue

Cambridge Edition published a short article in its last issue about the Pumpkin Festival. It is officially in their top 5 of family days out this October! Children are indeed very welcome and many activities are designed for them. Find out more here.

Pumpkin Festival 2017, Cambridge Magazine, October issue

The Pumpkin Festival is featured in the October issue of Cambridge Magazine. The Pumpkin Festival is the best way to rescue pumpkins from going to waste and having fun at the same time. Find out more here.





Pumpkin Festival: something to do with the family this October,Cambridge News, September 28th

Cambridge magazine wrote a short article about the Pumpkin Festival. They mention that 18,000 tonnes of Pumpkins end up in the bin every year! That is enough for everyone in the UK to have two slices of pumpkin pie orone bowl of pumpkin soup each. Find out more here.

The Community Fridge on the Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, September 25th

The Edge Café was interviewed by BBC Cambs about the Community Fridge that was launched on September 25th. They explain how the fridge works and what we are allowed to put in it, which is basically everything except meat, fish and home-made food. The Community Fridge is also a good way to meet people and help each other. The interview starts at 01:03:30.

Cambridge is getting its first community fridge, Cambridge News, September 21th

Cambridge News published an article about the launch of Cambridge’s first Community Fridge with the support of Cambridge Sustainable Food and The Edge Café. People will be able to take perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and leave it on the shelves.

Take a Punt, Cambridge News, August 20th

Cambridge News remembers our punt stunt of 2015 that launched our ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign, filling a punt with a quarter-tonne of food to draw attention to the amount wasted by the average British family.

Waste Less, Save More funding, Cambridge News, July 20th

Cambridge News published an article about the funding CSF has received from Sainsbury’s to support the Waste Less, Save More campaign. After a successful trial in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, further funding was offered to groups across the UK. Cambridge Sustainable Food will receive £30,000 to deliver food waste reduction initiatives throughout the city, including a Zero Waste Challenge and a Community Fridge.

Building Community Food Knowledge

The Soil Association have published an article concerning CSFs work to raise awareness about sustainable food within the community. The article focuses on the success of the 2016 Cambridge Pumpkin Festival, in which over 2700 individuals from various backgrounds participated.

CSF’s World War 2 Rationing Challenge

Our WW2 Rationing Challenge is an event which is attempting to make people more conscious about the food they eat, and it’s impact on our planet.  The challenge has been presented in various media outlets. Bev and our intern Bethany can be seen pictured in the Cambridge Independent June 7th-13th with a Woolton Pie in the image to the right.  The challenge is also featured in the Cambridge Edition , Cambridge Matters on Page 16, and the June 2017 Independent Cambridge Newsletter.  Sasha Foster has also written an article for Varsity about our reasoning for running the rationing challenge. Bev has also been discussing our challenge on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire not once, but  twice! Firstly with Chris Mann from 9 minutes and also with Dotty McLeod from 1hour 55 minutes.



CSF Pledge and Award Scheme Launch, Cambridge Independent, March 15th-March 21st.

This week the Cambridge Independent printed an article about CSF’s Pledge and Award Scheme for Businesses. So far 18 local businesses have taken part and we are welcoming new applications. Incorporating sustainability into your practices could mean a reduction in operational costs, click here to find out more!


  • Duncan Catchpole Interview, Cambridge Independent, March 1st-March 7th.

It was great to see Duncan Catchpole, the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub Project Leader, featured in the Cambridge Independent. Although the piece mainly explores Duncan’s motivations and aims, it of course mentions the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub, as well as the Pledge Scheme and Awards for Businesses. Find out more about the Food Hub project and donate to the crowdfunding campaign!

  • Bev Sedley interview, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, March 1st.

Bev discusses the importance of CSF’s cookery workshops with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire host Dotty McLeod. The interview starts at 2:21, click here to listen.


CSF Pledge and Award Scheme Launch, Cambridge News, February 27th. 

The Pledge and Award Scheme for Businesses featured in the Cambridge News. The event for the launch of the Pledge and Award Scheme for Businesses will take place on Thursday 2nd March and will include a number of scheduled talks. Professor Theresa Marteau is the keynote speaker for the event and will be delivering a talk entitled ‘Changing our Behaviour to Achieve Sustainable Diets: How Altering Cues in our Environment can Help’.


Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub, Cambridge Independent, February 1st.

It was great to see the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub project on the
front page of the Cambridge Independent on February 1st with the caption “Europe’s first food hub planned for Cambridge”.  The Food Hub is an exciting project which all of us here at CSF are passionate about. Find out more about the Food Hub project and donate to the crowdfunding campaign!


Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub, Cambridge News, January 30th.

We were pleased to see Gourmet Vegan, one of our pledge businesses and a CSF Silver award winner, have a double-page spread in Cambridge News. Gourmet Vegan kindly endorsed our project to set up a Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub – a permanent venue which will bring together the very best local sustainable food enterprises and give them an opportunity to reduce overheads through affordable rent, the ability to rent space and facilities according to requirements and shared distribution.

Find out more about the Food Hub project and donate to the crowdfunding campaign!

WRAP report on Food Waste, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, January 11th.

On Wednesday 11th January at 9.40am, Bev Sedley was interviewed live over the phone by Paul Stainton on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about food waste, as the WRAP report, showing that household food waste had risen for the first time in 8 years, had just been published. You can listen to the interview here, from 45 minutes in. 


  • Food Poverty in Cambridge, Cambridge TV, November 23rd.

On the 23rd November, Bev Sedley was interviewed on Cambridge TV following the recent release of a report on an increase of food poverty in Cambridge. The discussion covers a range of topics including poverty in Cambridge, the links between poverty and unhealthy eating,  as well as the great work of our friends over at Cambridge City Foodbank and Cambridge Foodcycle.

  • Pumpkin Festival, October 21st-30th

The second Cambridge Pumpkin Festival, running from the 21st-30th of October, had some excellent media coverage. Once again, thecambridge-news-2 Cambridge News and Cambridge Magazine offered us an exclusive media sponsorship deal. We were featured both in print and on their websites. We had a double page spread titled ‘The Future’s Orange’ which was published on the 13th October in the Cambridge News and you can also find a piece titled ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ on the Cambridge News website, found here, which was published on the 20th October.

independentThe Cambridge Magazine featured a  3-page spread with events and an interview with Bev Sedley on pages 145-147 in their October edition, and we were also included in The Cambridge Independent’s article on the five things to do during the October half term.

Bev Sedley was interviewed for the Flavour radio show on Cambridge 105 on October the 16th, and you can listen to the full interview here.  She was also interviewed on Star Radio on the 18th October, the interview can be heard below.

You can also listen to our interview on Radio Cambridgeshire which aired on the Breakfast show on the 22nd October through this link, and Bev’s interview runs from 01:10- 01:20.

  • Food and Drink Awards, Cambridge News, July 5th

The winners of the Cambridge Food and Drink Awards were announced, for which a new category this year -Local Food Local Food Champion CSF ArjunaChampion- was sponsored by Cambridge Sustainable Food. The winner of the Local Food Champion Award was Arjuna, one of CFS Sustainability Pledge businesses. Read the CSF article and the Cambridge News article.

  • Swim the Cam, Cambridge News, July 27th 

Coverage of the Swim the Cam event, with 22 swimmers taking part in the course from Byron’s Pool to Lammas’ Land, aiming to raise funds and awareness for the Food Hub project. Read the full article here.

  • CSF and sponsored swim, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire23rd July

Bev Sedley spoke to Charlie Thompson at 7.10am about food sustainability, followed by Duncan Catchpole at 8am talking about the Swim the Cam Event. Listen to Bev speaking here, and Duncan speaking here!Cambridge United meal with mayor

  • CSF and Abbey People cookery project ends with celebration meal at Cambridge United, Cambridge News, July 7th. 

Children from Ditton Fields who had completed a six week cookery project, created a three-course meal which they shared with the city’s mayor, Jeremy Benstead, at the Cambridge United football ground

  • Swimming the CamSponsored Swim to raise funds for Cambridge Sustainable Food HubCambridge News, July 6th. 

Duncan Catchpole, the organiser of the swim, was interviewed about the two and a half mile event which is due to take place on July 23rd, and starts in Grantchester and ends at Sheep’s Green, just off the Fen Causeway. Read the article

  • First Awards for Cambridge Sustainable Food Pledge for Business handed out, Cambridge Business, June

The first awards for the Sustainable Food Pledge were awarded to Radmore Farm Shop, Nanna Mexico, Holy Schnitzels (Silver award) and Arjuna Wholefoods (Gold award) and covered in Cambridge Business. View the coverage here.

  • Sustainable Food Cities Award, Cambridge News, 11 Jun

Cambridge received a Bronze Award from the Sustainable Food Cities Network which Bev Sedley, chair of Cambridge Sustainable Food, presented to the mayor. Read the coverage here.

  • Cambridge Sustainable Food Pledge Launch, Cambridge News, 28 Jan

Cambridge Sustainable Food hosted an event at Christ’s College for local restaurants, cafes and food retailers to find out more about the Cambridge sustainable food pledge. The event featured a range of activites regarding the pledge and included information on environmental sustainability, food fairness, health and food waste and coverage can be viewed here.


  • Pumpkin Festival, Oct-NovCambridge News Pumpkin Rescue copy-page-001

During the first Pumpkin Festival, which took place between 23rd October and 7th November, the Cambridge News and Cambridge Magazine offered us an exclusive media sponsorship deal. We received fantastic coverage, with around ten features, including double-page spreads.

Sisters win pumpkin contest and panto tickets!

The Cambridge News featured the Pumpkin Festival both in the lead-up to the launch, as well as throughout the two weeks of events. You can take a look at what they said and download two of the articles here.

We were pleased to see the Pumpkin Festival featured in a lovely double spread on the pages of the Cambridge Magazine. See the full article here.newtown news pumpkin fest autumn2015

The Newtown News, delivered to households in the Newtown area of Cambridge, featured lots of yummy pumpkins on their front page and encouraged everyone to get involved!

Ann Mitchell and Bev Sedley spoke on Jane Smith’s Saturday Breakfast, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, on separate occasions.

Bev Sedley featured twice on ‘Flavour’, a fortnightly radio show on Cambridge 105 highlighting food and drink in and around Cambridge. You can listen to and download the broadcast from 17th October:

The food-focused and child-friendly events also caught the attention of local bloggers Bone White China.

  • Love Food Hate Waste, Cambridge News, Resource, May10128781-large

The launch of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign received coverage from the Cambridge News for its ‘food waste’ punt stunt. It was also featured on the pages of Resource. You can read a press release from Cambridge City Council here.

  • Sustainable Fish Cities, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, 16 May

To mark the signing of the sustainable fish campaign by 15 higher education institutions, Bev Sedley of CSF and David Oakley, Chair of the Cambridge Colleges’ Catering Managers Committee, were interviewed by Chris Mann on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Drivetime.

  • College Catering Environmental Awards, Cambridge News, October

Bev Sedley and Ann Mitchell judged the Environmental Awards for the Cambridge colleges’ catering committees. You can see coverage here.