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30th August
Hello All

Thank you to everyone who offered to help at Fruit Day on 20th Sept - it's really appreciated.

Below is a review of picking over the last few weeks, requests for freezer space and a fruit tree expert, some great video clips of fruit pressiing and an offer of jam jars and recipes.

And if you are free tomorrow (Sunday) and are feeling energetic, the Wimbledon Guild could really use your help in clearing away the rubbish and weeds for their new community garden! Find more information below.

Picking update
Our pickers have been really busy over the last few weeks - and we've now picked an amazing 1032 kilos of fruit !   294 kilos of this has been passed to Merton and Morden Guild, the Homeless Drop-In Centre, Merton Vision and other local charities. Looking back to previous years, we are way ahead in terms of volume picked by the end of August, helped by the early harvest.

This would not have been possible without people very kindly donating their fruit, including Aziza, Claire, Liz, Ron & June, Erica, Anne, Fara, Alison, Ruth & Lawrence, Barbara, Alan, Judith, Matt, Gail and Su-Fern.

And very many thanks to those giving up their time to come fruit picking including Liz, Peya, Gilli, Brian, Cherry, Juliet, Mary & her granddaughter, Shirley, Carolyn, Lesley, Ron, Anne, Jane, James, Samantha, Steve and Felicity who have all picked over the last few weeks.

A special thanks also to Val at Merton Vision who has been chopping up an awful lot of apples for use at the lunch club there, Hilary at Wimbledon Guild who has helped in all sorts of ways and Liz who has been delivering apples to Friends of St Helier, Age UK Merton and Mitcham Commonside Development Trust.

Organising Fruit Day
Plans for Fruit Day are well underway, but we still need help with some things. In particular:
  • freezer space - if you have room in your freezer for a few bags of fruit, please let us know. We are storing fruit for making juice and cakes to sell at Fruit Day and we're running out of space! The extra space is only needed up to 20th Sept.
  • finding a fruit tree advisor - we like to have an information stall at Fruit Day to give people free advice on looking after a fruit tree, diseases and varieties. If you know of someone who knows a bit about fruit trees and might be willing to share their knowledge at Fruit Day on 20th Sept, please get in touch.

The Fruit Press at The May Project
Some of the funds raised at previous Fruit Days were used to buy a fruit press and crusher. We lend these out to local groups. Here are some videos of people having a LOT OF FUN using the fruit press at The May Project in Morden! 

video clip 1    video clip 2    video clip 3

Find out more about the May Project  HERE

Jam Jars
Thanks to everyone who has donated jam jars. I now have quite a stock of them - if anyone would like some for their jam-making, please just get in touch.

Finding things to do with all those apples, plums, marrows etc. can sometime be a problem. Here are two excellent sources of recipes:
  • Abundance Recipe Book - download HERE. Many thanks to Ruth for compiling this great book.
  • Allotment Garden Recipes - HERE. As recommended by Cherry - there are some excellent recipes here too.
 Many thanks
Read on to find out about other food growing, making and selling activities ....

Sun 31st Aug  10am - 1pm
Dundonald Community Garden

Come along and help the Wimbledon Guild clear a plot of land for a new community garden.  Instructions for getting there are: from Guild House, over the trainline via the footbridge and down the alley to Dundunold Road, cross straight over to the next alley and it’s just down there about 50 meters. Find it on the map HERE  Contact Ben for further information at

Sunday 7th September
Workday @ Ravensbury Park
10am - 1pm

Meet at the central bridge over the river to help the Friends of Ravensbury Park Group with various tasks, such as pruning, litter picking, pennywort removal and sycamore felling. Strong shoes or boots are recommended. Visit the website for more information HERE

Sat 13th & Sun 14th  Sept

Annual food festival, celebrating local food. Encouraging people to grow something that can be used 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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