Harvest Penarth 2013
11:02am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
LOCAL environmental group Gwyrddio Penarth Greening are once again running their annual Harvest Penarth scheme and last Sunday a group of GPG volunteers collected their first apples of the season from residential gardens.
Harvest Penarth is a GPG project that collects and shares the unharvested fruit found all over our town. Every year the streets and gardens of Penarth are full of unpicked fruit and the Harvest Penarth scheme aims to collect and share this bounty.
Volunteers harvest the fruit from trees where the owner perhaps doesn’t have the time or ability to collect or simply has more fruit than they can personally use. The tree owner gets first pick of the fruit and the remainder is shared amongst volunteers and distributed to community groups, care homes, etc.
Harvest Penarth is based on the Abundance model that first launched in Sheffield in 2007 and which has since spread across the UK with Abundance schemes in Leeds, Manchester and many other towns and cities. Similar fruit share schemes have become popular across Europe and North America
GPG have been very pleased with the response to the scheme in previous years with keen volunteers harvesting fruit from over 20 trees in the town.
GPG chair and organiser of the scheme Anthony Slaughter said: "The response from tree owners and volunteers has been great; there was a real sense of a community working together in a practical and useful way."
The group are hoping to harvest even more trees this season and are keen to hear from tree owners or people who know of trees that would be suitable and volunteer fruit pickers.
They would also like to make contact with any community groups or organisations that could make good use of all this surplus fruit.
GPG will also be holding their annual Apple Day event in late October. For more information on Harvest Penarth visit www.gpgpenarth.org.uk or email email@example.com or call 07506 272224.