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Soft Fruit, Hard Graft

Sunday 12th Aug 2012 saw a group of nine volunteers learning about plum and damson tree pruning from Hilary Dodson, chair of the Northern Fruit Group. Like all our workshops it was a good mix of learning & doing, & the plums especially look they’ve got a bit more room to breathe. Join our mailing list to hear about upcoming free events at the orchard, or keep an eye on the Kenworthy page.

See the Kenworthy Orchard page for more details.

Who We Are

A mature garden fruit tree produces way 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.

Making Local Fruit Work

Making Local Fruit Work

28 January 2012, Todmorden

Abundance Manchester attended this fantastic event meeting and sharing ideas with loads of other like-minded projects involved in everything from co-operatively produced cider to Community Supported Orchards.  We also had a look round some of the growing sites of Incredible Edible Todmorden. Inspiring stuff! Thanks to Making Local Food Work for running the event.

Picking over for 2011

We’ve had a great season with tonnes of apples and veg harvested and delivered to appreciative local projects. But now apple season is all but over we’ve called it a day on that side of our work. If you have surplus fruit you can always take it directly to a local hostel or community project – or even offer it to your local school. We’re now being kept busy with orchard maintenance activities at Kenworthy Community Orchard, see that page for more.

Veg Plot Update

In the Spring of 2011 we decided to turn the plot over to fruit production rather than veg growing, and to no longer run it as a community plot. It’s a sad decision but we have had serious problems with a colony of biting ants that have invaded the site, making it an unpleasant working environment. We have been unable to get rid of these despite trying  various organic methods. For this reason we will slowly be turning the land over to lower maintenance perennial crops – mostly tree and bush fruit that requires little soil disturbance. We will manage the site as a small core group. Thank you to everyone that has participated in growing veg at the site, we hope you’ve enjoyed it and if anyone is interested in helping out with looking after the plot regularly that would be great – but we are no longer holding open plot sessions on Sundays. However the plot will continue to provide  local, organically grown produce to people who can make good use of it.

Picking Sep 17th 2011

There truly was an abundance of fruit to be picked on Saturday with just 2 gardens containing a total of 8 fruit trees! Mostly apples, some cooker and some eaters although each garden had a pear tree as well. Some new faces joined some regular pickers and despite a slight drenching we had a great day. Thanks to everyone who came along. Join us next week, details will be emailed out on mailing list.

Yes…figs!!! Last Saturday Abundance Manchester picked two trailers of delicious and juicy eating apples, plus grapes and figs all from Didsbury! These will go to the Boaz Trust which helps destitute asylum seekers (see our Food Growing section), and The Roby (Longsight) which provides freshly cooked food to people with mental wellbeing needs.

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