Schools Picking Project

Abundance in Chiswick works closely with local primary schools to improve children’s awareness of their local environment, seasons, tree species, food-growing possibilities and healthy eating.

We currently work with Belmont School, William Hogarth School, Cavendish School, Grove Park School, Strand on the Green School, St Peters C of E School.

We have created a booklet to picking fruit with school groups. Its a comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to see fruit picking at their local school. CLICK HERE to download the .pdf. Thanks to Marianne Landzettel for her help in creating it.

How a school picking session works

The school kids go on picking outings weekly in September and October in groups of 12. They walk to a tree in the garden of a local resident with a school teacher and Abundance volunteer. We pick, grade, sort the fruit and bring it back to be stored at the school. It can be eaten fresh, cooked, sold at the school gate or saved for our annual Fruit Fair in October. Schools are encouraged to have a stall at our fair, selling goodies made from their locally picked fruit and raising money for the school.

We are in talks with schools outside Chiswick about running an Abundance picking project on their own. We are currently creating a manual to help any school that is interested. Watch this space….

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  2. Hi I am interested in getting my school involved in this project. I work in a school in hounslow orchard primary school. Please could you send me details of how we can gwt involved. Many thanks felicity brown

    • Hi Felicity, We are currently preparing a booklet / manual for schools which should offer a step-by-step guide. Meanwhile, you should start mapping fruit trees in your catchment area, and trying to find out who they belong to, so you can ask the tree owners whether they want any help with fruit picking. If you do have some trees to pick from this season (which realistically, for apples will be the next couple of weeks) we can lend you equipment to get you started. If it is too complicated to sort this out in a rush for this season, we can do it properly for next season. regards Karen

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