Keynsham apple-picking project needs extra hands for harvest

October 02 2015
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A small team of volunteers is making the most of the apple harvest across Keynsham, picking hundreds of the fruits each week and delivering them to a local school.

A small team of volunteers is making the most of the apple harvest across Keynsham, picking hundreds of the fruits each week and delivering them to a local school.

Members of Transition Keynsham have launched the Abundance Project in a bid to make sure the apples ripening on trees across the town don’t go to waste.

Over the past few weeks, volunteers have been busy picking apples in back gardens across Keynsham after asking residents with surplus fruit to get in touch.

So far, the group has been able to provide Chandag Junior School with a free apple for each pupil every week and has made a weekly delivery to Community@67 for its veg box scheme.

With a grant from Keynsham Town Council, the group has been able to purchase pickers and an apple press to make juice – all that’s needed now is more volunteers, says Transition Keynsham member Liz Barling.

“We have got more trees than volunteers at the moment,” she said. “The aim is to not only to make sure the fruit doesn’t go to waste but also to keep food local, cutting down on food miles. In some instances the project is also helping to reduce social isolation, particularly among elderly people – I’ve had lots of chats with people, they have given us recipes, histories of the trees and it makes them feel part of the community.”

There will be a chance to find out more and try some of the fruits of the group’s labour at Keynsham Food Festival on October 3 when they set up their apple press to make juice for visitors.

The group hopes more volunteers will get involved and help harvest apples, allowing them to supply more schools and community groups. To get in touch, email lizbarling@gmx.com.