Abundance Southfields is a community project established in 2013. The aim of the project is to connect fruit tree owners to volunteer fruit pickers, picklers, bakers and fermenters. This is so the fantastic, largely organic fruit in the area is used instead of going onto compost heaps or even worse into the bin! The idea is to encourage people to maintain established fruit trees and plant new ones, enhancing biodiversity across Wandsworth.
Many parts of Wandsworth still have many fruit trees producing huge amounts of fruit in relatively short seasonal bursts, but which can be overwhelming for the owners of the trees. Even where the volume of ripening fruit is not massive, some tree owners may simply need help in harvesting fruit that is hard to reach.
Abundance Southfields coordinates volunteer fruit pickers and the tree owners, supplying equipment to help pick, carry and process the fruit. Tree owners decide how much of the harvest they keep. The balance is used by the pickers, distributed or processed, and then sold to raise funds for the project. Initially focussed on London SW18, the project has grown with the support of residents and Wandsworth Council. It is now active across the whole borough.
If you have a tree that needs harvesting, or if you know of someone who needs help to pick their fruit, please get in touch through the contact page of the website below.
If YOU would like to help harvest or process fruit, or if you have an idea to share on how to make good use of it, then please do the same.