The Pendle Borough adjoins the North Yorkshire district of Craven, the West Yorkshire districts of both Calderdale and Bradford and the Lancashire boroughs of Burnley and the Ribble Valley.

 It takes its name from the main landmark Pendle Hill, as well as the royal forest to the east of the Hill known as Pendle Forest. Pendle’s local population is 89,600 and is made up of 20 wards.



Local Economy, including Social Enterprises


Education and Learning

Arts, Culture & Heritage

Only 27% of residents in Pendle are satisfied with the number of museums and galleries.

Children, Young People & Families

24% of households in Pendle are classified as being in ‘fuel poverty’– that is they struggle to keep adequately warm based on their annual income.


The average pre-tax personal income in Pendle is £22,700, £4,700 below the national average.

Healthy Living

Pendle ranks in the worst 10% nationally for the ratio of individuals who are classified as inactive because of a long-term sickness.

Housing and Homelessness

At 6.5%, the percentage of vacant homes in Pendle is above the Lancashire (4.8%) and England (3.1%) averages.


31% of residents in Pendle think the area has a problem with anti-social behaviour, the second highest percentage in Lancashire.

Social Isolation

23% of residents over the age of 60 live below the poverty line.

Strong Communities

47% of residents of Pendle think the area suffers from people not treating each other with respect – The 9th highest percentage in England.


At 8.3%, unemployment in Pendle is above national (7.8%) and regional (7.3%) levels.



Garden-Able is a horticultural based service for adults with learning difficulties. It started in 2003 on the site of a derelict allotment in Nelson and was soon developed as an alternative to a traditional centre. From the beginning it was recognised that those who come to Garden-Able should have a say in what happens and have regular meetings that every member can attend.

Thank you

Thanks to Lancashire's Councils for Voluntary Services and Lancashire County Council for their support.

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