BBC Film Of Young Abundance Volunteers

Local schoolchildren picked surplus fruit in Chiswick


Abundance Fruit Fair Fun At St Michaels

BBC recently filmed Chiswick schoolchildren picking fruit in local streets and backgardens.

Each year the local Abundance volunteers organise groups to collect and use as much of the fruit glut as possible in the locality. In Chiswick alone, Abundance organisers estimate that they picked and dealt with around a tonne of fruit, mostly apples, with some pears, a few quince trees, redcurrants, mulberries and grapes.

You can watch the video here

This is made into juice, jams and jellies and other goodies which are sold at the annual Abundance Fruit Fair held recently at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Bath Road. All profits go to charities.

For weeks before the Fair, volunteers had been running picks with local schools including Grove Park, Belmont, St Peters, William Hogarth and John Betts to help local residents pick their fruit gluts - mainly apples and pears from their overflowing trees.

The film made by the BBC in Chiswick was part of their Stop/Start series of video features which follow new trends that are emerging and also old traditions that are coming to an end.

October 19, 2013