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.