Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked either because people donít notice them, may not be physically able to harvest them or there are just too many fruits at one time. Abundance Kingston aims to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit, such as apples, pears and plums and redistribute the surplus to the Kingston community (local nurseries, homeless shelters, individuals) on a non-profit basis. Private owners will of course always get the first share, and some fruit will be left for the birds, bees and insects (!), with bruised and damaged fruit being juiced, so no fruit goes to waste.
Abundance Kingston will continue through the seasonal cycle by providing planting, pruning and fruit preserving workshops in partnership with other local food groups. Whilst all fresh fruit will be given to the public for free, we hope to make the project self-sustaining by making and selling our own apple juice and other yummy delights!
- Provide fresh fruit to local people who otherwise would not have access to it
- Reduce food waste in the borough by harvesting fruit that would otherwise be left to rot
- Train people in how to preserve fruit through jam, chutney, and juice-making workshops
- Contribute to reducing Kingstonís carbon footprint by making use of local food and encouraging more local growing, cultivation and harvesting
- Educate people about the value of fruit trees in terms of human health, nutrition and ecology
- Map fruit trees and other sources of wild food across the borough, noting location, variety, yield and accessibility
Let the fruit picking adventure begin! Contact us to get involved.
Regular transition events
Kingston Orchard Working Party
Kingston Orchard Project runs working parties every Sunday 2-4pm at Knollmead Allotments Tolworth, KT5 9QP
Permaculture at Knollmead
Some Sunday afternoons. Contact Simone at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07737 277 470 for info and dates
From the Ground Up
Weekly food scheme bringing local, affordable, organic fresh food to the RBK. Venues in both Kingston and Surbiton.
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