The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, farmers and food redistribution charities in order to salvage the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on farms every year across the UK and Europe, and direct this fresh, nutritious food to people in need.
Below you’ll find more information on Gleaning Network UK – our story so far, our plans for the future, and how you can get involved. Feedback are also the lead partner on Gleaning Network EU, a project that so far involves gleaning operations in Belgium, France, Greece and Spain; we hope other EU countries will join us soon. Click here to read more about Gleaning Network EU.
Gleaning Network UK
Gleaning Network UK is fast expanding to become a national project. From our start in 2012 to the end of 2014, the Gleaning Network already gleaned over 110 tonnes of produce, equal to well over 1 million portions of fruit and veg, with over 500 volunteers across 56 gleaning days. New hubs sprung up in Manchester, Bristol, Sussex, East England (Cambs, S Lincs and Norfolk), London and Kent. Apples, pears, plums, strawberries, cauliflower, cabbages, lettuces, pumpkins and parsnips are just some of the produce already gleaned. On one gleaning day alone on 9th November 2013, over 11 tonnes of pumpkins were saved from waste on a farm in Southampton. In 2015, we plan to do even more – we’ll be expanding to new hubs around the UK, and ramping up our campaign to end food waste on farms!
Get Involved – Volunteers
Are you an individual or group and want to become a modern day gleaner?
Sign up to our gleaning list below and we will let you know when there’s a gleaning day near you:
Rise up with the arable spring!
Are you a farmer with surplus produce? Gleaning Network UK are appealing to farmers across the UK to join in and allow volunteer ‘gleaners’ to harvest their unwanted produce for charity!
For more info on how to host a gleaning day, just download our info sheet and case studies of farmers’ eye view on previous gleans:
We’ve also been featured in a range of farmer’s publications, including Farmers Weekly, Farming Online and Fresh Produce Journal and South East Farmers. We have hubs in Kent, Sussex, London, North East, Bristol, and Cambridgeshire, and are expanding to new areas all the time, so please do get in touch!
If you’re interested in hosting a gleaning day, or for more info, please get in touch with Martin at [email protected]
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In the press
Gleaning Network UK has received widespread media coverage, including:
As well as numerous features on local TV and radio for BBC and ITV amongst others. If you’re interested in covering Gleaning Network UK, or sending reporters to any of our gleaning days, please get in touch for press releases, photos and enquiries, at [email protected]
Staggering facts about food waste on farms
The Soil Association estimate that 20-40% of UK Fruit and vegetables are rejected on cosmetic grounds before they reach the consumer. You can find a fantastic gallery of wonky vegetables on the Guardian website. Watch Intermarche’s video about their radical expansion of “wonky” fruit and veg in their supermarkets in France. We’re calling on UK supermarkets to do the same!