Abundance Kingston aims to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit, such as apples, pears and plums and redistribute the surplus to the Kingston community (local nurseries, homeless shelters, individuals) on a non-profit basis. Private owners will of course always get the first share, and some fruit will be left for the birds, bees and insects (!), with bruised and damaged fruit being juiced, so no fruit goes to waste.
We aim to:
- Provide fresh fruit to local people who otherwise would not have access to it
- Reduce food waste in the borough by harvesting fruit that would otherwise be left to rot
- Train people in how to preserve fruit through jam, chutney, and juice-making workshops
- Contribute to reducing Kingston’s carbon footprint by making use of local food and encouraging more local growing, cultivation and harvesting
- Educate people about the value of fruit trees in terms of human health, nutrition and ecology
- Map fruit trees and other sources of wild food across the borough, noting location, variety, yield and accessibility