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Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters

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Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters

We pick fruit from local back gardens - apples, pears, plums etc and give it away to schools and community groups, make juice, jam or just eat it. Our best year we harvested 1.5 tons. We reduce waste, make use of what's growing around us, raise awareness that food doesn't have to come from a supermarket and enjoy getting to know our community, the place and the people. We make juice at festivals and on the street and have held jam and chutney making workshops. Well over 100 harvesters and tree owners contribute and have picked with groups such PIP and a learning disability centre. We’ve trained 40 people to prune, lend out a fruit picking tool through a local library and have planted 40 fruit trees on a local estate.
 
 
Twitter @k2kfruitharvest
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Location: Kensal, Queens Park, Kilburn
Members: 61
Latest Activity: on Sunday

Award-winning film about the fruit harvesting group

Lovely 4 minute film about us by Jonathan Goldberg. Winner of Environmental film of the year 2013 awarded at Royal Geographic Society

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d3NHFZ5ovM

Film about foraging including us

http://vimeo.com/38361056

Discussion Forum

Fryent Park Big Pick in the News

Hello allOur joint groups' pick last week at Fryent Country park was a great success with over 50 people and a harvest of over 500 kg of apples and plums.  We attracted coverage in the local papers. …Continue

Started by Viv Stein Sep 13.

A bumper harvest - spreading the word

Hi allAlong with Willesden Harvesters and Mapesbury Residents' group we've had a record harvest of nearly 3 tonnes!!!  We've also done our best to spread the good news.  See the full story at…Continue

Started by Viv Stein Dec 19, 2013.

new video, new groups and festival stall

Hi allTransition Willesden’s event on Monday prompted the start of a new fruit harvesting group in Willesden.  Our event also attracted a Councillor from Queens Park in Westminster and a member of…Continue

Started by Viv Stein Jul 5, 2012.

Core what a Scorcher - A-peeling Juice Welcomed in O-pressing Heat in Kilburn!

Over two hundred people were treated to a refreshing taste of local apple juice on Saturday 1st October, when we set up stall outside Argos on the Kilburn High Road to make juice from locally-picked…Continue

Started by Viv Stein Oct 10, 2011.

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Comment by Sophia Flucker on Sunday

We have a number of jams, chutneys, pickles and compotes made by members of the group using locally harvested ingredients...they make great gifts.  Currently for sale in Taste of Chamberlayne, Brooks the Butchers and will be in stock at upcoming events.  Contact Sophia for more info.

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on September 23, 2013 at 16:26

There's one in the library in Salusbury Road for free loan. Try there first and if you have problems getting hold of it let us know and we'll find another way to get one to you. Michael

Comment by Matthew Sharp on September 23, 2013 at 14:38

The best looking apples on my tree are right at the top. Does anyone have an apple picker I can borrow? (Long pole with bag at the end and some sort of hook or cutter).

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on January 12, 2013 at 13:00

Wassail is on Jan 20th...details to follow

Comment by Janey McAllester on January 9, 2013 at 15:38

Michael and I were just discussing that and need to check the minutes to see what was decided.  But there will be one soon, and some pruning workshop action, so an email will go out shortly.  Also there's the Willesden Wassail on the 20th Feb :-)

Comment by Jennifer Rea on January 9, 2013 at 0:39

Hi all,

Is there any word on a fruit harvesters meet up? I can't remember if a date was set.

thanks Jen.

Comment by Janey McAllester on August 10, 2012 at 21:31

If it's not obvious to people if you click on the link 'Plum crop from Freud's house on Tuesday' in comment below you get a lovely photo of us all!

Comment by Janey McAllester on August 10, 2012 at 21:28

Plum crop from Freud's house on Tuesday.  A huge haul of lovely little red plumbs, rescuing them from a fate of making the neighbours slip on the pavement. 

Comment by Matthew Sharp on October 2, 2011 at 20:01

Folk may like to look at this doc from the DCLG website, about community orchards. Apologies if this has already been seen.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/orchardshowto

 

and

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/orchardscase...

 

Comment by Viv Stein on September 26, 2011 at 16:54

This Saturday 1st October come along and get involved in our first ever juice-making on the Kilburn High Road.  If you like to cut apples, crush apples, serve apple juice or chat to people about where the fruit comes from please get in touch. Help welcome for just an hour or the whole event. 

If you can help out get in touch with Michael.  Email michael.stuart6@googlemail.com

We've put out a press release -

Transition Groups Bring Local Juice-Making to Kilburn High Road

Members of Brent’s Transition Town groups will be pressing local apples to make juice on the Kilburn High Road this Saturday.  “Local Fruit Harvesting” groups from “Transition Kensal to Kilburn” and “Transition Willesden” will be joining forces to make juice from locally picked apples outside Argos at Kilburn Square on the Kilburn High Road between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 1st October.

Kilburn resident and Co-ordinator of the ‘Local Fruit Harvesters’ project Michael Stuart says,  “We’re really excited we can spread the word about local fruit right in the heart of the Kilburn High Road. We’re encouraging residents to bring their own apples from their gardens and we'll turn them into juice for them to drink.”

Dollis Hill resident and Co-ordinator of Transition Willesden, Viv Stein, says, “This is a great opportunity to help save local apples from waste and show people how to make fresh and tasty juice.”

“Local Fruit Harvesters” was set up in 2009 by Michael Stuart and Viv Stein.  The award-winning project is now part of the Transition Kilburn to Kensal group. This year over 1,000 kilos of fruit – apples, pears, plums and figs have already been picked. The fruit gets shared out between garden owners, volunteer pickers and distributed to local schools, charities, restaurants and shops on a non-profit basis.  This is the first time it will be taken to a local High Street.

The project has also trained 45 people to prune fruit trees.  It is based between Kensal Rise, Kilburn and Mapesbury, and has secured Ward Working funding from Brent Council.  The newly-formed Transition Willesden group has recently started to get involved in harvesting fruit in the Willesden area.

 

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