About us

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 growing local, seasonal, and organic food.  Harvesting the fruit is also a LOT of fun! :-D


The project began through an initiative of the Transition Edinburgh South food group, and in its first year it focused on harvesting fruit grown in South Edinburgh, but it proved so much fun and so successful that it is now expanding to other areas of the city. We got a Waste Action Grant from the City of Edinburgh Council in 2011 to buy some fruit picking and processing equipment, and money from the Climate Challenge Fund to employ a part-time worker to coordinate the group’s activities during the harvest season.

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 yo

You can reach us by joining our mailing list (which is our main way of communicating as a group), go to Our Mailing List page.



4 thoughts on “About us

  1. I just heard about abundance at the waste action grant evening and would like to volunteer myself and my partner for fruit picking! I work at a nursery and was also wondering if children are encourage to join in with the picking as I think they would be very interested in this.

    Thank you for your inspiring work!
    Blydie Meiring

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    • Hi Caroline.

      I think there’s lots planted around the bypass (e.g. near Dobbies) but not sure what the pollution is like! I’ve also seen some near the Forth Road Bridge in Queensferry. Hope that helps!

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