We’re recently run winter fruit tree pruning and fruit tree grafting courses. Our next event will be a picnic and volunteer day in the Spring. Go to the orchard page for more info.
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….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 email@example.com 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!
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!
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!
We’ve made a link with a college in Reddish, Stockport, who have a school farm. Over the summer holidays the produce isn’t being used, and were delighted to link up with us and make sure the produce is used. Early in August we harvested about 6 bin bags full of crisp mixed salad leaves – including rocket, lettuce, mustard and mizuna! An expensive product to buy in the shops, it was very gladly received (just an hour or two after harvesting) by 3 Stockport and 3 Manchester projects. We’re going again on Wednesday 15th August.