Over the past few weeks we have all been working our socks off responding to requests for us to pick fruit in private gardens. Lots of pears this year falling off the trees before they are ripe for picking so we have set up a box scheme for pears as well as windfall apples for the owners to place the fruit in.
We have enlisted a member of West Ealing Neighbours to pick the fruit up on a weekly basis on his bike + trailer to drop off at a central storage point. This is yet to be tested as first pick ups start next week but we are positive this will work!
We are also getting a steady stream of volunteers happy to pick for us, which is brilliant news.
As my picking visits are limited due to a little 3 1/2 year old I am busy making jams and being the central point for picking up fruit/jars/sugar etc for our network of jam makers.
The logistics of making all this work makes my headache! Thanks so far to the invaluable help of David and Elizabeth Highton who are devoting nearly all their spare time to this project at present.