This year, it looks as if Abundance Edinburgh is going to have a quiet autumn. As a result of the weather earlier in the year, many fruit trees have failed to set fruit. We’ve had feedback from about a third of home owners who donated last year to say that they’ve no fruit on their trees. I have seen fruit on some trees but they seem to be on smaller trees in sheltered positions. Most of the trees that we’ve picked fruit from are old, large trees that are exposed to the elements. I’m hoping that we will get some orchard fruits donated and that we can do some juicing and making appley and peary delights but it looks like things will be less busy than last year (which was our busiest season yet).
We’ll be heading out to pick berries (brambles and elderberries) on a regular basis and then do stuff with them and possibly some mushroom foraging too. We’d like to keep a regular Thursday evening slot for this, at least until it gets too dark in the evenings to go out.
We dont’ have a funded post this year, so if people want to get in touch, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the mailing list. If anyone wants to organise their own foraging trip, just post it out on the mailing list and any tips about abundant orchard fruit are welcome too!