Abundance in the evening news

Olly practises his apple juggling skills

Olly practises his apple juggling skills

We’ve been contacted recently by the Edinburgh evening news, who plan to run a short story about our abundance project in Thursdays paper.  If you’ve seen the article and found our website – brilliant.

To summarise, abundance edinburgh is about collecting surplus fruit grown in the city and putting it to good use.  There are many fruit trees in Edinburgh, growing wild or in people’s gardens, yet most years a good deal of this produce goes in the bin.  We plan to harvest this abundant food and redistribute it to local charities as a way of highlighting the social and health benefits of eating local, seasonal, and organic food.  Harvesting the fruit is also a LOT of fun 😀

harvesting apples in morningside

harvesting apples in morningside

The project this year is mostly being undertaken through an initiative of the Transition Edinburgh South food group.  This year we are focusing on harvesting fruit grown in South Edinburgh, but the project has been so much fun, and already been so successful that we are planning to expand the project to other areas in Edinburgh next year.

So if you have fruit you’d like to see picked and put to good use (we always give owners first choice of the fruit we pick for them) then please get in contact and let us know where you are.  Alternatively, if you’d like to take part in the project, either as a fruit picker, a tree climber, a fruit mule, or even a jam and chutney expert, we’d love to hear from you.  This year our efforts are primarily focused in South Edinburgh, but if you live in another area then do still let us know you’re interested.  You can reach us by email using the address at the bottom of the page.

wild-growing apples in midlothian

wild-growing apples in midlothian

During this years harvest we’ll be running a few events to give out fruit, freshly pressed juice, and preserves, along with our regular cooking and preserving workshops.  If you’d like to come along to any of these events then drop us an email and we’ll add you to our mailing list.


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