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: 69
Latest Activity: Oct 10, 2017

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

Great Day at Fryent Country Park

Today we picked an unexpected 418kg of apples from the wonderful orchards in Fryent Country Park.  About 40 volunteers came to help and although we thought there was less fruit than in previous years…Continue

Started by Transition Kensal to Kilburn Oct 2, 2016.

Jam available

Various flavours of jam (and chutney) made from local fruit is Sophia if you would like to purchase...Jams: apple & vanilla, apple & elderflower, appleJellies: crab apple,…Continue

Started by Sophia Flucker Sep 19, 2016.

Brent's Fruit Harvesting Season Underway

Our press release for the three harvesting groups below. We made p3 of the local paper…Continue

Started by Viv Stein Sep 16, 2016.

Our jam in Urban Food Awards 2 Replies

Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters is one of five projects with a chance of an Urban Food Award in the Proper Preserves category – for our Apple and Madagascan Vanilla Jam made by Parlour using…Continue

Started by Sophia Flucker. Last reply by Sophia Flucker Jul 15, 2016.

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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.




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

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.

Comment by Michael Stuart on August 23, 2011 at 20:44
There's a telescopic apple picking tool with basket we've put in the library on Salusbury Road, Queens Park. It can be borrowed for free for one week.
Comment by Matthew Sharp on August 23, 2011 at 19:23
I have a James Grieve apple tree in the back garden and usually manage to dispose of the windfalls myself and to neighbours, but this year, as with everyone else, I suppose, the tree is laden. Does anyone have an apple picking device I can borrow? The one which is basically a bag and a hook on a pole? I can never get to the fruit at the top of the tree......

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