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Hello All
We're into July and not long until there will be fruit to pick - so we should get organised if Abundance is going to happen again this summer!  

First of all - a date for your diary: Fruit Day this year will be on Sat 20th Sept 11am-2pm. This is when we'll sell some jams, fruit juice, pies, cakes etc. to raise money to keep Abundance going.
On the fruit front … the plums and apples are just weeks away from being ripe. The cherries have been and gone – mostly eaten by the birds this year! There are some currants, soft fruit and rhubarb. Generally people use these fruits, but please let us know if you do have a surplus!
Like last year, the intention is to send out emails to let you know what’s happening and ask for various types of help. There are lots of ways to help and all of it is appreciated. Here’s how:
First of all, we’d like to remind lots of people about Abundance. In particular, we want to encourage people to:
  • donate their excess fruit 
  • help with fruit picking
  • tell us about local good causes that would appreciate free fruit
So, if you can, please spread the word. Here is a short news release for including in any newsletter or circular, plus some photos:
Abundance News Release
photo 1, photo 2, photo3
Jams, jellies, chutneys for Fruit Day – can you help?
At Fruit Day, we sell jams, jellies and chutneys (anything made from local fruit) to raise money to keep Abundance going. We rely on people donating jars of homemade produce. Sadly, Jean-Jacques one of our very active and expert jam-makers has left us and gone to live in France! So we definitely need more help with jam-making.
What generally happens is that we provide you with the fruit, you donate a few jars to Fruit Day and keep the rest for yourself and your friends. Or else, if you donate all the jars to Abundance, we can refund expenses for sugar and cooking. Let us know if you can help with this and we’ll make sure you get supplied with fruit – please contact Joyce at
Plants for Fruit Day?
Last year, our plant stall did really well, raising over £100. The stall had a range of plants, mostly food related. We’d really welcome donations of plants, especially fruit plants – so please keep us in mind if you have too many of something, are planting up runners or are sowing winter crops (and please put in a few extra!)
Jam Jars?
Please can you collect jam jars! We need lots – especially small ones. Please note - we can only use jars that have contained jam, honey or fruit. (It's virtually impossible to get rid of lingering smells from jars used for other things.)

Abundance Mitcham?
There are plans for an Abundance group in Mitcham, to make better use of fruit growing in parks and overhanging pavements. If you'd like to see this happen, please contact Commonside Community Development Trust at or tel. 020 8764 9582 - help is needed to get this project off the ground.

Read on to find out about other food growing, making and selling activities ....

Sat 26th & Sun 27th July  10am-4pm
Lavender Harvest
Stanley Road Allotments, off Oaks Way, Carshalton Beeches, SM5 4NQ

An opportunity to go lavender picking and take some home! This community project manages three acres of lavender in an area once famous as “the lavender capital of the world”.  Lavender is charged for by the bucket. Volunteers are also needed on Saturday mornings 9.30-12.30 in the weeks before the harvest to help with harvesting, distillation, pruning, making lavender bunches etc. To get there, take a 154 bus from Morden, getting off at Stanley Park Rd. Or else a train to Carshalton Beeches.  Entry is via the gate next to South Carshalton Day Centre. Find out more HERE
Tue 29th July from 6am to 9pm
Maintenance & fruit harvesting
Cannon Hill Common orchard

The fruit hedge, planted in 2011, needs to be freed from encroaching bramble and nettle. For more details or to check for cancellations if the weather is poor, call Jane 07773 406 105

Sat 13th & Sun 14th  Sept

Annual food festival, celebrating local food. Encouraging people to grow something that can be cooked by local cooks or restaurants. The event is still evolving, so find out more HERE

First Tuesdays
Green Coffee
The Gooseberry Bush, 115 Kingston Rd  SW19 1LT

A get-together for people interested in what’s happening in Wimbledon and beyond. It’s an opportunity to exchange information about Abundance and other local green community projects.  We normally meet up on the first Tuesday of the month and everyone is welcome. Please check the date and venue of future events HERE.

every Wed morning 10am - early afternoon
Phipp’s Bridge Community Allotment

Join Gillian and her friendly group to grow fruit and vegetables. Disused land has been turned into a productive garden through people working together. You are welcome to join in, regardless of your gardening expertise - and you'll have the opportunity to take home some lovely fresh produce. If you would like to come and have a look or get involved, then please contact  Gillian tel. 07956 170141 Find out more HERE

every Thursday at 10.30
Merton Green Parents
Coffee in the Wood, 99 High Street, Colliers Wood

How do you balance the demands of being a parent and leading a more sustainable life? It can sometimes be difficult. Merton Green Parents provides a place to swap sustainable parenting tips and meet other like-minded parents. Also see the Facebook group

Second Fridays   from 9.30am onwards
John Innes Gardening Group

JI Gardening Group is currently meeting every second Friday. To find out where to meet up, please contact  Bring secateurs and a trowel.

Second Saturday  10am - 2pm
The Windmill Market
St Mark's Church, behind Wimbledon Library   SW19 7ND

The local market in the centre of Wimbledon. A range of food and crafts from local businesses and artisans. Now free entry. To find out more or to book a food or craft stall, please contact

Fridays 2.30-4.30 pm
Colliers Wood Community Garden
at the back of Christ Church Hall, in Colliers Wood

Join Nick, Peter and friends for some gardening. For more information, contact
Every Saturday, 9am-1pm
Wimbledon Farmers’ Market
Wimbledon Park Primary School, Havana Road, SW19 8EJ

A chance to get your groceries direct from local farmers.

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