Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters (active project)


Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters (active project)

We pick 1.5 tons of apples, pears and plums  from local back gardens and give most to schools and community groups. We reduce waste, raise awareness that food doesn't have to come from a supermarket and enjoy getting to know our community, the place and the people. Over 100 harvesters and tree owners contribute each year. In 2014 Parlour restaurant kindly made greengage jam for us, QPCS business students started a company based on our produce, we harvested with two children's nurseries and from the 900 trees in Fryent Country Park.  We make jam, chutney and juice, have trained 40 people to prune, lend a fruit picking tool through a local library and have planted 40 fruit trees on a local estate.
Twitter @k2kfruitharvest

Location: Kensal, Queens Park, Kilburn
Members: 63
Latest Activity: on Tuesday

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

Film about foraging including us

Discussion Forum

Two fun and serendipitous picks in July 2015

Great pick today with children and passers by! 42kg from tree at the Freud Museum in Hampstead. Smoothies and jam will be made - perhaps jam for QP day. An American couple had turned up early for the…Continue

Tags: fruit, harvesting

Started by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on Monday.

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, 2014.

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.

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Comment by Sophia Flucker on August 18, 2015 at 21:43

Protecting Royal Apples on Radio 4

Comment by Sophia Flucker on September 28, 2014 at 20:17

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.





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