Sustainable Ledbury has been involved in setting up a fruit gleaning project with Herefordshire Food Alliance. The aim is to make use of fruit which is not harvested for various reasons. There are two locations for the project, one Ledbury based and one Hereford based. Details are as follows.
1st October – Ledbury picking day 11am – 3pm. Sites in and around Ledbury to be confirmed.
6th October – Hereford Picking day, Lower House Farm, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust reserve near Cock of Tupsley, HR1 1UT. 11am – 3pm
8th October – Ledbury preserving and community cooking day, preserving the harvest for Ledbury Food Bank at Pot and Page community hub, New Street 11am – 3pm
14th October – Hereford preserving and community cooking day at the Living Room, 10 Commercial Road, HR1 2BB 11am – 3pm
Lunch will be provided on each day. Please bring your own mug for soup on the picking days as there won’t be kitchen facilities available!
Transport to venues:
Transport will be provided from Ledbury to go to the picking locations away from the town.
Lower House Farm Orchard, Hereford is accessible by public transport with the 420, 469 and 476 from Hereford bus station stopping at the Cock of Tupsley pub, a 10 minute walk from the orchard. There is also a car park for those coming by car. The Hereford community bus may be available for those without transport and to bring the apples back to the Living Room in the afternoon.
The preserving and cooking days are in central town or city locations and they encourage the use of public transport where possible. However there are large car parks nearby if coming by car.
Please contact Ruth Pullan 07951 399176 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register as a volunteer. The organisers need to know numbers so they can make arrangements for refreshments on each day and to have enough equipment available.
If you have spare fruit, particularly near Ledbury, then this could be picked on the 1st October if a large quantity, or you can bring smaller amounts to Pot and Page on the 8th October.
These promise to be fun events which will also help the community. The produce from the Ledbury is destined to go to the Ledbury Food Bank. Thanks to a grant obtained by HFA, they have a new freezer.
If you know of anyone who might be interested, please share this information with them.