You may have heard of Abundance Wimbledon: they collect unwanted homegrown fruit from gardens and public spaces, then cook it into all sorts of jams, jellies, cordials, chutneys and preserves and sell it to cover costs and raise money for charity.
Their motivation is to ensure that good food does not go to waste. Did you also know that Abundance also helped green up our neighbourhood, funding the fruit trees planted by residents on the grassy bank at Haydons Road Station?
The organisation is looking for people who would be prepared to help both harvest fruit and help make the preserves that are sold at Abundance Fruit Day, which takes place this year on September 14.
If you’re not confident about jam making, but would like to take a masterclass to see if it’s for you – or brush up your skills – there are a couple coming up this week and next. Info here: Abundance Wimbledon Masterclasses.
I attended one today and it was great fun: we made gooseberry, rhubarb and ginger, and Somerset (aka apple and pear with cider. Yum) jams.
Good practice, a great way to make some interesting new friends, plus I ended up with some tasty jars of jam. There is no pressure to sign up as an Abundance volunteer but all assistance is welcome.
Let Abundance know if you can give them a hand. Jams and preserves are also distributed to local causes like Wimbledon Guild.