This autumn, Feedback will bring the food waste revolution to Hackney and Haringey. Hundreds of tonnes of fruit go to waste every year in London, in public parks and private gardens. We want to change that. In collaboration with our friends at Urban Harvest (north London), and continuing the good work of Hackney Harvest, we aim to collect and breathe new life into this delicious fruit.
Interested in joining us? Here’s how you can get involved:
-As the owner of a fruit tree in Hackney or Haringey, you can choose to donate fruit to local community groups and good causes. We can bring volunteers to help harvest this fruit from the tree; alternatively, if the fruit has already been harvested, we can collect this – or direct you to a nearby drop-off point. Please fill in this form to give us more information.
-If you have spotted a tree laden with fruit in a public space, such as on the street or in a park, you can tell us about it using this form.
-As a keen volunteer, you can help us harvest this fruit from gardens around Hackney and Haringey. Sign up here to learn more.
-If you work in a local Sixth form college, University or youth organisation, we would love to hear from you. If you would like to bring groups of young people on an urban harvesting day (we are hoping to offer these opportunities to local 16-24 year olds), please email [email protected] or call 02030518633 to find out more.
What happens to the fruit I donate?
We’re partnering with several organisations and community groups to ensure that the fruit we harvest is put to the best possible use:
- The Orchard Project, who are developing a cider and juice-making enterprise to support their excellent work restoring and maintaining orchards in cities throughout the UK
- Foodcycle, who use surplus food to provide meals to people at risk of social isolation and food poverty.
- OLIO – The Food Sharing Revolution, who have developed a free app that connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.
- The Castle Climbing Centre have a one-acre organic community garden, and we will be co-hosting an apple pressing day to make juice and cider with them this autumn.
I’m a London based fruit tree owner, but don’t live in Hackney or Haringey.
If you live elsewhere in London, you may want to donate fruit to The Orchard Project’s cider house in Herne Hill. They will turn the apples you donate into juice and give you up to 50% back – contact them here. There are also other active London-based groups that harvest fruit, such as Abundance London and Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters.
I’m a fruit tree owner, but I don’t live in London.
There are many other harvesting groups across the UK under the umbrella of The Abundance Network, who may be able to help – contact your local group here.
How else can I get involved in the fight against food waste?
Feedback are campaigning to end food waste at every level of the food system. The Gleaning Network are always looking for volunteers to help us harvest the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and veg going to waste on UK farms every year – you can sign up to be notified about upcoming gleaning days in your region here. You can also find out more about Feedback’s other campaigns on our website here.
My apples are already ripe and are dropping from the tree – can you come and harvest them now?
We plan to begin our harvesting activities, using volunteers, in early September. Before then, we may be able to collect any already-harvested fruit, direct you to a nearby drop off point or put you in touch with another group who can harvest for you. Contact [email protected] if your enquiry is urgent.