Abundance Wimbledon

Abundance Wimbledon

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Hello, love what you guys are doing! Looking for some advice please. We have a couple of trees laden with apples. I have no clue when the right time to pick them is or how to go about doing it. (I’m allergic to apples myself so can’t just try one, and don’t have a tall ladder.) Does anyone have any suggestions of someone who could cheaply come and pick them for me? (I’m based in New Malden) I have no idea where to even start looking. I hate to see all that fruit going to waste so would really like to donate it rather than it just rot on the ground. Thank you for any suggestions you might have! x
A great local initiative.

There are lots of fruit trees in the Wimbledon area, but much of the fruit falls on the ground and is wasted. Abundance helps people to access this fruit and pick it.

Or main objective is that the fruit is shared and used in our community. Our Fruit Day is held in mid September each year. Dates released in May. A family day filled with fun activities and opportunities to buy local jams, chutneys, cordials, cakes, bakes, pies and honey. Displays by Sustainable Merton and opened by Merton Mayor each year.

Mission: There are lots of fruit trees in the Wimbledon and wider Merton area, but much of the fruit falls on the ground and is wasted. Abundance helps people to access this fruit and pick it. Or main objective is that the fruit gets used. If at the same time, we can help people who might be struggling with the cost of fresh food, share skills, reduce waste and have fun doing all of this, so much the better!

Operating as usual

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Farewell season 2020! See you in 2021!

Our 2020 Season is now finished and we will be back in touch in May 2021.

Best wishes and sincere thanks from us all for the most amazing, incredible, challenging and uplifting 10th season!

From Juliet and the team at Abundance Wimbledon

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Thanks to our Committee for another great season!

This year has been a challenge, not least because of the current environment, the lockdown and of course the fact that many of our Committee members have been self isolating. We have found new ways to do things - from webchats and Zoom meetings to credit card payments, QR Codes and of course crowd social distancing measures. They say that there is no "I" in team and that was particularly evident this year when all the Committee just got on with the job despite all these changes and challenges. Therefore, our sincere thanks must go to Juliet (our Chair), Bryony (Secretary), Gilli, Sue, Alison, Jane, Liz, Penny, Rosemary, Karoline, Alyson, Barbara V, Barbara G, Carole, Cherry, Helina and Sally,

The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team.
Phil Jackson

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Thanks @stephenhammond.net for joining us on #FruitDay 2020

Support by our local representatives is important to us and Stephen Hammond MP (and his lovely wife Sally) are regulars to our Annual Fruit Day Thankyou both. We appreciate your support.

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Our #FruitDay plant stall was great! Thanks Charles & Co

Many of our volunteers not only pick fruit, make jams and chutneys and/or drive around dropping off donations, but also make plants for our plant stall! This year we received another great crop of plants for sale and we thank all who donated to the stall. Sterling effort in particular to Charles who organised our stall.

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Thank you Penny. We will miss you!

Penny (pictured with Juliet) has been with Abundance Wimbledon for a number of years now, but with a recent move, Penny will be passing the baton to Bryony. Penny has been instrumental in the administration and set up of the actual Fruit Day - everything from mapping out the stalls, coordinating the stall holders, filling in all the insurance and indemnity forms, undertaking the risk management strategy development and implementation and all round organiser on the day. We will miss you Penny and sincerely thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our Abundance Wimbledon activities.

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@AbundanceWim Anyone have any excess quinces for jam?

Please email Juliet at [email protected] if you have any spare

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Thanks @MertonCouncil Mayor Cr Sally Kelly for coming to our #FruitDay 2020

Our sincere thanks go to Merton Mayor, Cr Sally Kelly (pictured above) who continued a long tradition of Merton Mayors - started by our own Gilli Lewis-Lavender when she was Mayor - and opened the day for us at 11am. Her team delighted us with their enthusiasm, filling their baskets with many jars of our local produce, topped up with cakes and bakes! Thank you for your support - we were delighted to be your first official engagement as Mayor.

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Our Fresh Apple Juice SOLD OUT at #FruitDay. Did you get some?

When you have juiced enough apples to make more than 80 litres of fresh apple juice - and have run out of both apples and juice by 12 noon (leaving many disappointed customers - sorry!) you know that this most popular of stalls has had a great day. Sincere thanks to Juliet for again being in charge of the stall and her team of excellent helpers who juiced the apples more than once in an effort to extract as much juice as possible. An outstanding effort.

Sincere thanks to the people who delivered local apples to us on the day - we couldn't have made as much juice as we did without your donations!

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Our Fresh Apple Juice SOLD OUT at #FruitDay. Did you get some?

When you have juiced enough apples to make more than 80 litres of fresh apple juice - and have run out of both apples and juice by 12 noon (leaving many disappointed customers - sorry!) you know that this most popular of stalls has had a great day. Sincere thanks to Juliet for again being in charge of the stall and her team of excellent helpers who juiced the apples more than once in an effort to extract as much juice as possible. An outstanding effort.

Sincere thanks to the people who delivered local apples to us on the day - we couldn't have made as much juice as we did without your donations!

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Thanks To @SustainableMert for joining us at #FruitDay 2020

Sustainable Merton have become a real fixture at our Fruit Day each year and we really enjoy hosting them at our annual Fruit Day. Did you see the Loving Earth project by Linda Murgatroyd - a great display! We are like minded groups in that we are both all about reducing waste and living in a sustainable way. The tips and insights provided by our Sustainable Merton friends are always invaluable and we love it that they take the time and effort to bring their stall and expertise each year. Thankyou.

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For the last number of years we have been very lucky to have Bryony's neighbours Paul Paul Gapper Photography and Mark come and take photos on Fruit Day. All of the photos you see here have been taken by Paul and Mark - and always with a smile! The photos taken each year are not only used extensively for our social media campaigns but are a great pictorial record of our event each year. So thank you Paul and Mark - we love your work and appreciate all you do for us.

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Local #Merton & #Tooting honey was a hit at #FruitDay

Local Bee Keepers Alison (Merton) and David (Tooting) had a sell out this year! All their honey products (jarred honey, lip balm and candles) were sold at Fruit Day, so there is nothing on the horizon for their local honey until 2021. We love having Alison and David join us at Fruit Day each year as there is nothing better than being able to buy local honey from local beekeepers. Thanks for your contribution to our income (10% of all honey sales comes direct back to Abundance Wimbledon for distribution to local charities).

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The Charities we supported in 2020.
We have given 442.5 kgs (27%+ of all fruit picked!) to local good causes

95.5 kgs to Commonside Community Trust https://commonside.net/contact/

49.5 kgs to Friends in St Helier
http://www.friendsinsthelier.co.uk

47 kgs to Regenerate Barnes
@RegenerateUK

44 kgs to May Project Gardens

40 kgs to St Teresa’s Home for the Elderly
http://www.stteresashome.co.uk/

34 kgs to Wimbledon YMCA
@YMCAStPaulsGroup

23.5 kgs to Merton & Morden Guild
@mandmguild

22 kgs to Labour Party Food Bank
https://events.labour.org.uk/event/321630

18 kgs to Dons Local Action Group
Dons Local Action Group

15 kgs to Dundonald Brownies

10 kgs to Trussell Trust Food Bank
@trusselltrust

10 kgs to Street Kitchen
@StreetsKitchenOfficial

10 kgs to Winterdown Livery
@WinterdownLiveries80

10 kgs to Barnfield Riding for the Disabled
@BarnfieldRDA

9 kgs to Oak Tree Nursery
https://www.oaktreepreschool.co.uk/

5 kgs to Lee House
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The rest was distributed to anyone who could use it (including to friends in the local community) – and turned into jams, jellies, pies, crumbles etc. or just eaten!

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Jam Jellies & Chutneys update including thankyous

Our Stall Coordinator, Sue had a hectic year this year with an abundance of our usual jams, jellies and chutneys - to which we added cordials as a new product. All produce was fresh and inviting and this resulted in £1,000 raised through the sales of jams, jellies, chutneys and cordials alone, Sue and her team's continued efforts and success are the back bone of our Fruit Day. We have received great feedback on how scrumptious everything was!

Thank you to Sue's team: Sue, Di, Bryony, Juliet, Robin, Ruth, Jil, Susanna, Christine, Lesley, Liz, Rosie, Maggie C, Maggie vdP, Nicola, Jocelyn, Mary-Jane, Barbara and Maggie D. Sincere thanks and apologies to anyone who we may have missed on this list.

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Karoline and Hugo spent hours this year creating activities for all the children who came to Fruit Day. It was a great initiative - and who knew how much can be done with a humble toilet roll (let alone that not all toilet rolls are created equal!). Sincere thanks to all involved on this stall - another great Fruit Day feature.

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#2020Harvest

1243 Kgs Apples
287 Kgs Pears
23 Kgs Plums
20 Kgs Quinces
13 Kgs Blackberries
11 Kgs Crab Apples
8 Kgs Cherries
4.5 Kgs Strawberries
3 Kgs Gooseberries
0.5 Kgs Sloe Berries

An incredible total of 1,613 Kgs of saved fruit in 2020!

This is especially pleasing as we were significantly down on Plums this year - in 2019 we picked over 200kgs of plums so if we take that into consideration, our harvest for 2020 was equal to that of 2019 - particularly impressive in these Covid times where a number of our regular donors were unable to give us fruit as to pick it we may have breached the lockdown rules.

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Thanks to Alice! Songs on Wheels who performed at Fruit Day. Alice and her four singers (and accompanyist on keyboard) treated us to a great range of songs from all eras and kept us tapping our toes during their set later in the day. This group regularly performs locally and came well recommended to us and we really appreciated them joining us with little notice. Thanks again!

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Another sell out for 2020 was out Cake and Pie Bake Stall. Anchored by Rosie and her team of helpers, this years stall was better than ever, making almost £560 in total (£450 cakes, £118 Pies)! Liz and Barbara's pies were flying out the door and with a range of prices to suit any budget, our local volunteer bakers did us proud! Rosie would like to pass on her sincere thanks to all those who donated cakes, biscuits, bakes, pies and crumbles for the stall which made it such an outstanding success this year: Rosie, Dulcie, Ruth, Maggie, Fatima, Ann, Carolyn, Jil, Irene and Sally. Sincere apologies if we have missed anyone, but please know that we are so very thankful for your efforts in making our Cake and Pie Bake Stall our best ever!

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The Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day was an outstanding success for us again this year! Despite picking less fruit this year, we exceeded our own expectations, raising more than £1,800 - just over £200 less than 2019!

Our sincere thanks go to Merton Council Mayor, Cr Sally Kelly who continued a long tradition of Merton Mayors - started by our own Gilli Lewis-Lavender when she was Mayor - and opened the day for us at 11am. Her team delighted us with their enthusiasm, filling their baskets with many jars of our local produce, topped up with cakes and bakes! We were delighted to be your first official engagement as Mayor. Thank you to Merton Councillors who attended also.

Thanks also to Stephen Hammond MP (and his lovely wife Sally) who are regulars to our Fruit Day events each year. We appreciate your support.

We are now in the process of sorting out which charities will be our recipients this year (once expenses are taken out). We have already donated an additional £200 to St Mark's Church as a thank you for their ongoing support for Fruit Day.

Further plans include the purchase of a couple of Merton variety apple trees for the community.

Other innovations this year included Juliet's first ever web chat with @SustainableMert, welcoming the @theLittleLark20 Mask Tree - a great addition and very handy, payment via credit card (sincere thanks to Love Wimbledon for the use of the contactless machines), shopping baskets (thanks to @Morrisons Wimbledon who allowed us to borrow some of theirs) and of course our Covid-19 QR Code.

Thank you everyone for your amazing efforts. Read our newsletter and check out our photos (@PaulGapperPhoto) for more details on our 2020 Season.

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