Gemma Thorpe

Abundance is a fruit harvesting and distribution project that started in Sheffield and since has inspired similar projects across the country.

It’s basically legal scrumping. Tree owners call Abundance, Abundance round up the volunteers, they harvest the fruit, returning some to the owners, and distributing, pickling, or making chutney with the rest. All is given away, with the chutneys sold to cover the basic costs.

Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe. It is also pretty radical at times. Such a simple, honest idea as Abundance could easily become much more commonplace.