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If you are volunteering on any of our gardening or Abundance harvesting sessions, please read the instructions below.

1. Read the Safety guidance below

2. Bring your own gardening gloves, and a mask.

3. Wash your hands before you set off for an event and again when you return home.

For our records only, we will register who attends and take contact details.

Edible York: Information for volunteers.

Thanks for offering to help with Edible York gardening or Abundance York fruit tree work.

We have updated our covid guidance. Please read the following safety instructions before you come to your first session.

We ask you provide an email address and postcode or ward, for our records, and this will only be used in connection with you being a volunteer, and not give out to anyone externally.

Edible York has a health and safety policy and a volunteers policy please check the links on the right here if you would like to read a copy of these.

Best wishes

The trustees of Edible York.



Edible York and Abundance Volunteering during COVID-19



All volunteers must be given a workplace instruction by an Edible York Trustee or Abundance Supervisor.  This can be done remotely with the workplace instruction being sent by email or on social media and the volunteer confirming they have read, understood and will adhere to the guidance by reply. All volunteers will be given a copy of the workplace instruction, electronically where possible and paper copies will be available at the pick.

Workplace Instructions are needed to assist in the delivery of good Health & Safety practice. Safety instructions are periodically reviewed and may need to be amended as and when required. Volunteers are encouraged to raise any questions or concerns with the process as and when they arise.



  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of covid-19, or isolating after contracting covid-19, or isolating under foreign travel regulations must not attend.

  • When there are no legal restrictions on wearing masks and social distancing volunteers make their own decisions.

  • If access to trees are through a house everyone will wear a mask in the house if requested by the householder, out of courtesy.

  • Anyone feeling ill during the session must leave immediately.

  • Volunteers must take away used tissues and disposable masks, wrapped in a bag, to be thrown away at home.

  • Volunteers are asked to bring their own water to drink. If the picking session includes a meal break, individuals should bring their own refreshments rather than food to share, and should take away their own rubbish.


  • Volunteers must follow covid-19 guidance and legislation currently in place (if any),

  • Volunteers may have personal reasons for choosing to avoid close contact with other people, or to share tools. The Abundance Supervisor will plan the session to accommodate individual requirements as far as possible.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Gardening volunteers are advised to bring their own clean gardening gloves, although we carry a small supply. They can be helpful for apple picking as we may have to clear windfalls and there are sometimes wasps.

  • It is helpful if volunteers bring a mask in case a householder asks for masks to be worn indoors. Masks are provided when necessary.

  • For volunteers starting and finishing their task from home please wash your hands as soon as you get in.

  • For volunteers starting or finishing on a site with washing facilities, please wash your hands at the end of your task, or use the alcohol gel provided.

Volunteer Policy

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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.