Why ‘hug’ a tree when you could ‘map’ it instead?

Ever wondered about all those disused apples, plums, pears etc that fall on the road and get squashed each year?  If you are lucky enough to have fruit trees growing in your garden the seasonal glut at this time of year can be a blessing and a curse….

If, like me, you crave the fruit stuff to make jams, conserves, chutneys, preserves, and relishes – not to mention puddings, pies and cakes, why not share your bounty with those that need it?  The time-honoured way of dealing with glut is to have an honesty box outside your house….works well in the country….can we rely on honesty in the city? I’d like to think so, and have decided to have a stall outside my house to see what happens.  I’ll keep you posted…..

In the meantime Transition Town projects up and down the country are busy doing fruit mapping…this involves a lot of walking, a keen eye, a tick sheet and a sturdy pair of shoes! The philosophy behind the fruit mapping exercise is that if we ‘map’ all the local cultivated and wild fruit trees in our local area, we can then start to harvest as and when the fruit become ripe.  That way no fruit goes unturned so to speak…..


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