For the last few years, volunteers have been picking fruit from tree owners with too much to use, and distributing the fruit to those who can use it, reducing food waste and food miles.
In late summer and autumn, fruit tree owners often have more fruit than they have time to pick, or the capacity to eat. Abundance Malvern was set up a few of years ago to stop this fruit from going to waste. Tree owners donate their fruit, volunteers pick it, and then abundance distribute it to other local people.
This year abundance are looking for more tree owners and volunteers who’d like to stop this fruit from going to waste. If you have a tree with excess fruit or a few hours to spare, please contact Linda Hirschhorn firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for volunteers picking this year are 30th August, 6th September, 27th September, 4th October and 11th October, starting at 10am.
Please see the message below from John Rhymer.
After several successful picks by Transition Stourbridge and others there are still quite a few lovely organic blackcurrants at Vale Head Farm (Compton Road, Kinver, DY7 5NJ) needing to be picked!
The farmer, Ed Berger has invited anyone interested from Transition Towns and the Worcestershire Gleaning Network to the next picking session next Thursday 13th August 2015, from 6pm.
Everyone is welcome to take home half of what they pick as a Thank You and the other half the farm keeps for juicing.
Bring containers to take your share away!
Feel free to bring a picnic if it is your supper time! No need to book. Just turn up and Ed the farmer will tell you what to do.
The 2015 Transition Network International Conference will be held in Newton Abbot on 18th to 20th September 2015.
For more information see This write up
A short video from BBC Midlands Today on how one of our members has renovated his home to make it 90% less carbon intensive. This makes his house one of the most efficient for energy use in the UK.
Our Annual Network Meeting will be held on Monday 13th July 2015 at 7.45 pm at the Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, WR14 2YF. Here is the agenda.
The other documents including the accounts are here
Here is a report(pdf) on the Bonn climate negotiations that took place in June 2015. These negotiations were part of the run up to the major United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris end the end of the year.
This is a report by Laurie Michaelis a Quaker Environmental delegate. This was passed on to us by the Malvern Quakers.
The developing gleaning network in Worcestershire is looking for someone willing to act as the County Gleaning Coordinator for the forthcoming season (July – November). The post, which is voluntary, would require from 0.5 days to 2 days per week. It would involve contacting farmers and growers to explain the concept, practicalities and aims of gleaning, along with the benefits and considerations for the farmer. The coordinator would encourage volunteers to sign up to the Worcestershire gleaning network and would organise a number of gleaning days in the next few months.
The coordinator would be supported by a steering group from Growing Worcestershire, Gleaning Network UK and a number of local Gleaning Coordinators.
If you or someone you know would like to find out more about what would be involved in taking on this role, please contact John Rhymer (email@example.com or ring 01299 403424)
Please pass on this request to others who you think might consider helping us get started with the Worcestershire Gleaning network.
They would also like to find some District Gleaning Coordinators to build local networks of volunteers, identify farmers and growers who might potentially allow gleaning and support the County Coordinator in organising Gleaning Days.
In the next few weeks it should be possible for Worcestershire volunteers to register on the Gleaning Network UK website.
Members of Transition Malvern Hills attended the Day of Climate Action, a lobby of MPs.
Robin Coates’s presentation was a summary of what transition Malvern Hills has done to achieve tackling climate change and building a sustainable community.
Click here to download an edited version of Robin’s Presentation (pdf) to the Chance 4 Change event on 16th May at the Cube.