Harvest Share gathers the fruit

Transition Stratford’s Harvest Share scheme has collected around three-quarters of a tonne of fruit in its first month – with 90 per cent being passed on to organisations which can make good use of it.

The scheme, which collects fruit from gardens and orchards in and around Stratford upon Avon, was launched on 1 August. Since then over 700 kilos of fruit has been collected at twelve picking sessions, and nearly 630 kilos has been distributed to local care homes and children’s centres, with surpluses going to local preserves makers.

“We have collected about 350 kilos of plums and damsons during August,” said Harvest Share organiser Roger Matthews. “The plum season is now over, but apples are now ready to pick, and we expect to be picking over 200 kilos a week over the next month if the weather stays fine.”

Over 40 volunteers have helped so far with picking, sorting and delivery. The most popular sessions are Saturday mornings 10.00 – 12.00 in the orchard at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, where anyone is welcome to turn up to help with the picking. “We’ve already collected over 300 kilos of fruit from Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and expect to be gathering much more in the next few weeks as the apples become ready to pick,” said Roger Matthews.

Other picking sessions take place on Wednesday mornings 10.00 – 12.00 and Thursday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00 in various locations. For details of opportunities to help, phone Transition Stratford on 01789 298503.

Volunteers are also needed to help with sorting and delivery on Monday mornings 10.00 – 12.00. Phone Transition Stratford on 01789 298503 for more details.