How many of us have an apple tree in the back garden, a blackberry bush in the back lane or seen a pear tree in the park?
A group of community-minded foodies from the Riverside Community Market Association want to help make Cardiff’s ‘urban orchard’.
Jenny Howell (pictured below), Community garden manager, said there were thousands of fruits and vegetables going to waste in the city.
She said: “There are so many people in the city who have fruit and vegetables growing in their gardens, and we want to keep a record of it.
“Our hope is that we can organise a city-wide harvest to make the most of this produce and put it to good use.”
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Mrs Howell said it wasn’t just in people’s back gardens where fruit was available, but also in parks and plots of land dotted throughout the city.
“That’s the beauty of nature,” she said, “seeds get dropped in back lanes and disused plot and fruit trees are very hardy and grow in some unusual places.”
The community harvest will provide fruit for school projects and fresh fruit for community projects, such as the ‘Apple Day’ run last year in Riverside.
“We did a mini-harvest last year,” says Mrs Howell, “and we had children and parents coming to Clare Gardens to make apple juice.
“We don’t like waste and the harvest is a great way of promoting eating more fruit and making sure all those unwanted apples don’t end up rotting away.”
People wanting to get involved can submit their fruit sightings on the form below.
For more information about Orchard Cardiff, you can contact Jenny Howell on 07532385899 or join the Orchard Cardiff Facebook group.
Do you grow fruit in your garden? Do you grow any unusual fruit? Let us know your thoughts on the Orchard Cardiff project in the comments below