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How you can help Edible York with Abundance?

- please join us and help harvesting -  tell your friends!  We rely on volunteers to pick, sort and deliver fruit (mainly apples) across York.

Pass on your  local knowledge -

  • Do you have a fruit tree in your garden that is so prolific you need to offload some of the crop?  
  • Do you have a neighbour who would like help managing their fruit trees?  
  • Is there a fruit tree in a public place near to you that is neglected each autumn?

And if you know of great community groups, events, or projects that can use some of this abundant harvest then definitely chat to them and let us know.

Do you know of

  • a charity
  • a foodbank
  • school, playgroup or nursey
  • community cooking project
  • local event

... or other project that would like to receive free donations of fresh fruit in the Autumn? Let us know!

Abundance has its own dedicated Facebook page to keep volunteers updated about picking dates, or we can email or text you if you are keen to take part.

We now have 'Apple HQ' in Salisbury Road, close to the Leeman Road Orchard and beside Minster Vets. This is a large locked container where Abundance volunteers can collect equipment and drop off the fruit prior to distribution or juicing. 

 Please share, if you would like some leaflets to hand out let us know as we have lots!


Abundance Leaflet 2018

Do you only pick apples?

We will help with most types of fruit picking, if we can find homes for the fruit. Pears, plums, damsons, and maybe even walnuts are offered occasionally, but some things are easier to find takers for than others. Give us a call or drop us an email with the details and we will try and help!

We also have an Edible Swaps and Shares group on Facebook called York Edible Exchange where people can offer anything from chillis to marrows to crab apples and find other unusual fruit and connect up givers and takers across York.

Here are some yummy pears we collected this year:20180920_122655

Apple HQ - our permanent storage container - now beautifully painted!

A fantastic collaboration between a local artist and a local primary school produced a beautiful design and newly painted look for our apple container in 2018!

Before and After:

AppleHQ (2)_LI apple container

 Read more about this lovely project in the York Press article



Read about Abundance in this Yorkshire Post article

2021 article about Abundance in the Yorkshire Post - here

See our Ancient Orchards Presentation

Edible York Ancient Orchards Talk Nov 2022

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Edible Map

At Edible York, we’re working with the community to provide every local and organic food growing opportunity available. This also includes highlighting and pointing out areas where wild produce is already ripe for picking and areas which are ideal for foraging for delicious natural treats.

There is a world of goodness outside your home and with a simple look at our Edible Map; you’ll soon see the vast array of naturally growing wild produce just waiting to be enjoyed. In addition to mapping out all the public food growing space that are known of across the York area, Abundance, York’s urban harvesting group is also hoping to collect details of private fruit and vegetable sources. The map itself shows only publicly available areas.

Across York, the Edible Map highlights a vast array of wild fruit trees, ready for their fruit to be harvested and enjoyed, without a polythene bag in sight. From sweet chestnuts to wild apples and damsons to blackberries, the fruit available across York may surprise some people, who weren’t previously aware of the extent of wild, natural produce available. The Edible Map is collated by members of the Edible York team but also accepts submissions from readers who have spotted something interesting.

As well as fruit trees and bushes, plucky foragers have spotted many naturally occurring herbs and spices amongst the hedgerows of the area. The map shows sites growing of garlic mustard, horseradish and even edible roses. With the vast array of natural produce growing, our work at Edible York can only serve to help the community build up from this great starting point and further develop the sustainable food sources in the area.