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A mature garden fruit tree produces more than the average family can eat. And at the same time there are lots of people in our city not able to access fresh food.

Abundance Manchester is a voluntary project which picks surplus or unwanted fruit from gardens and public trees around South Manchester and distributes it to local groups and communities who can use it. We also collect and distribute surplus vegetables from allotments. Scroll down for our latest news and a blog of our activities since we were set up in 2008.

To get in touch please email abundancemanchester@yahoo.co.uk

Watch the clip here from BBC’s North West Tonight programme to find out more about what we do.

Abundance Manchester also strongly supports other groups and campaigns which promote sustainable, local and organic food, and see ourselves as part of the movement for Food Sovereignty. This approach calls for a localised, ecological and democratic food system, and puts the people who produce, distribute and consume food at the centre of decisions on food systems and policies, rather than the demands of markets and corporations that have come to dominate the global food system.

We are part of a growing network of  fruit harvesting groups, for a list of others around the country see the Abundance Network website.

Late summer picking!

At last the sun came out for a lovely second pick of the season from three different addresses in Whalley Range and 5 trees. A group photo with an abundant harvest of eating apples Produce collected will be donated to FareShare Greater Manchester  which redistributes food to over 90 charities and community groups in Manchester to help people facing hardship. Thanks to all who helped and for the delicious muffins offered to us by Rachel, Laurie, Riley and Edie!       Apple from the top of the tree  Colin picking for the first time

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We had a great first session on August 24th, with a total of 5 apple trees and 2 small pear trees harvested. The majority this week are heading to the Peak District Challenge, a charity event next weekend where participants will be running/walking upto 90km of hilly ground in just 24 hours!! The eating apples and pears will be given out to keep energy and spirits high throughout the event and the cookers will be made into cakes and pies to reward the  1st pick 2014 007 1st pick 2014 017exhausted runners at the end.

 

 

 

The rest of the fruit will be distributed via Fareshare Manchester to shelters, refugee groups and community kitchens throughout the city.

 

 

 

 

We’ll be out and about every Sunday afternoon from now for the next couple of months – if you want to help out or have a fruit tree you need harvesting, just get in touch

Everything’s come early this year so we are springing into action a few weeks sooner than usual. If you live in South/Central Manchester and have an abundance of fruit in your garden or allotment, give us a shout! We can harvest it and get it to people who can really use it. We pick on Sunday afternoons, by arrangement. Give us a ring or drop us an email -

Nicola 07515 116 730 or Debs on 07967 227 981 or Email abundancemanchester@yahoo.co.uk

Picking 2013

groupOur picking season is now underway for 2013! We’ve begun with a huge haul of apples from various houses in Chorlton and Whalley Range, plus lovely allotment veg from the Southern Cemetery allotment site produce competition!

If you have a surplus of ANY fresh fruit or veg, please get in touch. We can either come and harvest it ourselves (leaving you as much as you’d like) or you can harvest it and drop it off by our shed in the carpark of Manchester Bridge Club, 30 Palatine Rd,  Didsbury, M20 3JJ. We will then take it to various hostels, shelters and charities around south/central Manchester.

If you have an allotment and you notice produce going to waste on your site, get in touch! We mostly harvest apples so allotment veg is always HUGELY appreciated by our recipient groups. We can provide a drop off box and signage for your site – we just need you to co-ordinate getting the produce to our drop off point above sometime before 4pm on a Sunday, for the next couple of months, then we can distribute it from there. Alternatively, we can put you in touch directly with a recipient project near you that needs fresh produce.

Urgently seeking apples!

….or any other surplus fruit and veg.

It’s been a pretty dismal year for UK fruit and veg because of the terrible weather, so we are struggling to find as much surplus fruit to pick as normal. If you have produce in your garden or allotment that is not being used please get in touch by emailing abundancemanchester@yahoo.co.uk or phoning 07967 227 981. If you have produce you can drop off yourself, please do so at our collection hub in the car park of Manchester Bridge Club in West Didsbury –  30 Palatine Road, M20 3JJ. Head into the car park and to the right of the building until you see a veg plot, a dilapidated shed and some boxes and just pop produce in one of the boxes. Produce gets sorted and distributed on Sunday evenings.  Thanks!

Abundance on Tour!

Two Abundance Manchester co-ordinators have recently returned from three weeks of cycling and food foraging with the Ecotopia Biketour.  This annual DIY bike tour  visits sustainable communities, squats and action camps along the route. This year’s theme was Degrowth, the concept of downscalling production and consumption to live within our ecological means in a sustainable and socially just way.

During our time on tour in France and Italy, we picked an abundance of fruit along the way to feed to the group, including grapes, plums, figs, apples and pears.  We also found pomegranites but unfortunately they were not yet ripe! Food reclaimed from  supermarket bins was also a welcome and regular addition to our diets.

 

After cycling with an international community on-the-move for three weeks, we have plenty of inspiration to inject into the fruit picking season here in Manchester!

Fairytale Apples

Today, on the first fruit picking session of the year, we harvested unbelievably perfect red apples from a tiny tree, along with pears, cooking apples and rhubard.

The weather was sunny, the fruit was ripe and we even got cups of tea! The produce will go to The Destitution Project for destitute asylum seekers and Cornerstone, which provides meals for homeless people. Thanks to everyone involved in the picking and the home owners for sharing their fruit with us!

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