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Unwanted backyard fruit wanted by charity

Nov 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

BACKYARD fruit that is often wasted can now be passed on to those who need it, thanks to a new charity project in Wellington.

Community Fruit Wellington is a new initiative run by volunteers which encourages people to donate their unwanted fruit to charity.

The Wellington co-ordinator, Melody Holmes, set up the project which is an idea borrowed from the Auckland-based Community Fruit Harvesting.

“It’s nice to get back to traditional values and helping others out. Fruit wants to grow and people often have more than they need” she says.

Fruit tree owners can drop off extra fruit to any City Mission, or Community Fruit Wellington can pick it up or even pick it off the trees.

It is citrus fruit season at the moment, and volunteers have been making marmalades out of the lemons and grapefruits that people have donated.

Marmalades and jams are good for the food parcels that the City Mission arranges, says Melody.

There is a lot of fruit in the Hutt Valley and Kapiti Coast.

The best months for fruit are February to April and they have had people offer their trees in advance.

“We are always happy for volunteers or fruit” says Melody.

Kaibosh, the Wellington non-profit organisation which collects unwanted food donated by food retailers and gives it to charities, is keen to be involved.

Other projects in Wellington that provide free fruit include the community orchard in Berhampore, the new pop-up garden in Kilbirnie and the community garden in Porirua.

Auckland’s Community Fruit Harvesting was established in July this year and receives fruit mainly from backyard trees on the North Shore.

It has donated over 2000kg of fruit and 300 bottles of marmalade to the Auckland City Mission.

The founder of Community Fruit Harvesting, Di Celliers, has been nominated as a finalist for the New Zealand Gardener of the year award for New Zealand Garden Magazine.

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