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Do you have a glut of fruit? Then get gleaning!

What is it? The gleaning network started in 2012 to coordinate volunteers, farmers and food redistribution charities in order to salvage thousands of tonnes of wasted fresh fruit and vegetables on farms every year across the UK and Europe. This then gets directed to people in need, to provide them with perfectly good and nutritious food. Since this project has started the gleaning network has managed to glean over 110 tonnes of produce, equal to over a million portions of fruit and vegetables. They have also had over 500 volunteers across 56 gleaning days, all helping to make this fantastic movement work.

Apples falling from trees

Fruit and vegetables rank at the top of the list as the most wasted food in the UK. An estimated 30-50% of food is wasted globally, with 20% of fruit and vegetables grown in Europe lost at farm level. 4600 KILOCALORIES per day of food are harvested for every person on the planet; of these, only around 2000 on average are eaten – more than half of it is lost on the way!

What can you do??  Good Food in Greenwich has as one of it’s aims the mission to tackle this issue by asking people to collect any unwanted fruit and vegetables such as apples and plums, and we’ll process them into jams and chutneys. We are looking for anyone who may have a glut of these in their garden or allotment that can help us not only reduce food wastage but also provide great produce that is sourced locally. As a thank you, you will also receive a jar or 2 (or more!) of your produce.

Jam made from foraged fruit!

Collection: You can bring your fruit and vegetables to Woolwich Common Community Centre or GCDA for us to collect, or we can come and collect it from you. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch at:

Ways you can help – Join our gleaning network and let us know where you see fruit going to waste, or you can spread the word to promote this project. – Sign the Food Waste Pledge and the GoodFig Charter to fight for change. – Cut down on food waste at home with some fantastic tips at Love Food Hate Waste.

If you’re interested in getting more involved, then check out the Abundance Handbook produced by the amazing Abundance Network – a wealth of information about how, when and where to pick.

Contact Details:

Woolwich Common Community Centre, 16 Leslie Smith Square, London, SE18 4DW

GCDA, Unit 6, Greenwich Centre Business Park, 53 Norman Road, London, SE10 9QF