Leave some apples for the birds! (Green Pebble)
‘Scrumping’ is the word for cheekily harvesting windfallen apples and other fruits from trees, often without official permission in days gone by. But today, this is being updated to legally find a wonderful way of reducing food waste, and provide free food for local communities. Keep fruit pips & seeds away from pets. This is how it works:
Say someone is elderly with a large garden, so can’t climb ladders to harvest lots of fruit that is falling from trees or bushes. Obviously wildlife gets to eat some of it, but a lot more just rots on the ground, and goes to waste. Scrumping projects get fit and healthy volunteers to harvest the fruits, then they take a third, the landowner gets a third (that they otherwise would not be able to enjoy). And bruised fruits etc get made into juice and jelly, and are sold locally to raise money for community projects.
Obviously there are safety and insurance issues to ensure people don’t fall from high trees. Abundance Network (Sheffield) has a free handbook to start your own network. This covers how to find volunteers and people with fruit trees, tools (tarpaulin and pole with hooks to shake the trees!), along with ideas on what to do with harvested fruit, how to transport it and tips on letting your community know of your new scrumping project!