Keynsham Voice August Column, Abundance project returns to share out Keynsham’s fruit harvest

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Transition Keynsham’s abundance project is gearing up for a second year to redistribute surplus fruit from residents’ back gardens to schools and community groups around the area.

Last year 10 volunteers chopped, pressed, preserved and gave away more than 50 crates of apples and pears.

Among the recipients were pupils at Chandag Junior School, who said “apple day” had become the highlight of their week.

This year the group is aiming to expand the scheme, giving  even more surplus fruit to more people.

To help them towards their goal, Transition Keynsham has been awarded a grant of just over £470 by Keynsham Town Council to purchase apple picking and preserving equipment. The group collected the award at a ceremony last month and a spokesperson said: “Transition Keynsham would like to hear from people interested in volunteering during the harvest season between late August and the middle of October.

“Volunteers would only need to give an hour or two during the three months, either picking or distributing fruit around Keynsham.

“We are also asking people who are able to pick their own trees to donate their excess fruit to the project.  Apple picking equipment and crates are available to borrow, and Transition Keynsham will come and collect the fruit.”

To let Transition Keynsham know you would like to get involved in this year’s abundance project, contact the group at keynshamt@yahoo.co.uk or call Liz on 07867 525 951.

Find out more about Transition Keynsham at http://transitionkeynsham.org/

Published in Keynsham Voice, August 2016, www.keynshamvoice.co.uk

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