Our volunteer base is running at around 30 – some volunteers work full-time, some part-time and some not at all so don’t worry if you cannot make all of the picks and events that we organise. We realise people lead busy lives so even a few hours of volunteering over our busy period (from August – October) is great. We also run picking parties when elderflowers and blackberries are in season (May/June) and our first public event – Hanwell Carnival, is in June each year where we sell our elderflower cordial, jams and chutneys as well as advertise what we do. We then hold, or are part of various other events throughout the year.
If you think you can offer up some of your spare time please email Diane at email@example.com. We are particularly interested in hearing from any voluntary youth organisations now that we have taken over an orchard in West Ealing.
In addition, if you have too many fruit trees in your garden and would like us to pick the fruit rather than it go to waste then email me. We will do something useful with it – whether that was giving it to the soup kitchen, leaving in boxes for the general public to take, or making jam/chutney.