Founded in 2007 by Stephen Watts and Anne-Marie Culhane,

Abundance is a volunteer based organisation that rescues, shares, cooks, and juices and enjoys fruit which may otherwise go to waste across Sheffield.

Most of the trees we pick are in private gardens, where we leave 10% of fruit for wildlife.


If we pick a public fruit tree we leave at least a third of the fruit unpicked so it is available to the community.

Tree owners have the first share, then they donate the fruit they don’t want, volunteers have some and we share the best fruit with the community (e.g. food banks, lunch clubs, support centres)

The rest we cook, preserve or juice together in the community.

We love exploring sweet and savoury ways to cook and preserve fruit and sharing recipes.

Everyone who joins a preservation workshop gets the recipe and a jar of chutney to take home.

All events are an opportunity to meet new people and strengthen social networks, as we are a friendly bunch!


Abundance became independent from Grow Sheffield and is in the process of becoming a cooperative group.

We met together and consulted Abundancers to develop and plan our work this season and beyond.

We always welcome to donations of time, money, glass jars with metal lids and feedback, just get in touch.

We presented our work at Sheffield Food Festival (as part of Food For Thought events hosted by Regather), Leeds Orchard Project Urban Harvest Conference, and Roshni community centre.

We also hosted an eco-tourism group from Japan!

In Feb 2017, Lush invited us to their global Lush Summit and gave us a lovely write up, with links to other food surplus initiatives.

Just click here to view.

We are also very grateful to Lush Cosmetics and Awards For All (Lottery) for enabling activities through their funding in 2016.

Click here for a .pdf download of the current list of distribution points for our Abundance Project.

If you have ripe fruit that is in danger of simply falling to the ground and rotting, why not give the nearest organisation to you a call or send them an email?

All fruit is gratefully received and goes directly to those who need it most.

Click to download our ‘Abundance Handbook‘.

For details on how to print this out, click here.



  1. Nov 2017- We are currently updating this website.

    For more info and to get involved email abundancelucy@gmail.com or abundance@growsheffield.com or ring Lucy 0752727 9977 / 07984 310412

    Facebook- Join the group- Abundance Sheffield Project
    Become a friend of Abundance Sheff (Facebook profile used for info and promotion of activities only) or follow the Abundance Sheff page,

    Website with more info www,growsheffield.com/abundance

    In 2016 we made a film ‘Abundance Guide To Harvesting A Fruit Tree’ which is on Youtube.

    For details of our work, the voluntary roles, how we work, recipes, please click on the link below to open the Abundance Training Manual


    Want some interesting and unique experience for your CV?
    We have voluntary roles of
    Harvest Area Coordinator(organising fruit picking+sharing, etc)

    Preservation Officer (leading chutney/jam making sessions,etc)

    Community Sharing/Events Coordinator(organising sharing of fruit, organising events to share fruit/sell chutney/promote work).

    See the Abundance Training Manual above for details and then get in touch.

    If you would like to donate to the project at all, buy any chutney or hire the apple juicer do get in touch.
    Chutney is £3 or 2 for £5 and juicer available in return for a donation to the project. Thank you!

    If you would like to buy a Sheffield-grown fruit tree then see growsheffield.com/fruit-trees/

    If you are interested in pruning services, contact our friends Daniele on 07535 653 842 or James on 07422 575 853 to arrange a no-obligation visit. Email politepruners@gmail,com

    We are a community collective would like to say a massive thank you very much to all Abundance volunteers, tree owners, glass jar donors, donors, New Roots shop (Glossop Rd) Sharrow Community Forum, Regather, Shipshape Health and Wellbeing Centre, Grow Sheffield, 2016 funders (Awards For All and Lush Cosmetics) and Sheffielders for making Abundance happen!


  2. Friends of Burngreave Cemetery are holding their Apple Day on October 14th 11.00am onwards. We’d love Abundance to be there with us.
    Apple juicing,apple pies and preserves, apple bobbing, fair trade games, seed, plant and book swap, guided walk round the cemetery, the last of Patrick Amber’s puppet and lantern making workshops followed by a lantern parade at dusk.


  3. Exciting stuff! I was brought up appreciating ‘food for free’, and scavenging the hedgerows, and I’ve always done it, even though I’ve lived in towns almost all my life. Here in fairly rural France, where I now live, it’s really part of the culture: everybody carries a spare bag all the time, ‘just in case’ there are mushrooms, walnuts, wild cherries, whatever… to be harvested, enjoyed and made use of. It’s great to see this project which looks lively and fun despite the inevitable hard work. Makes me want to move back to Sheffield, where I lived 25 years ago..


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