Local Fruit and Veg Project Up For Top Prize

Abundance UK shortlisted for The Observer Ethical Awards

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A local community project which makes use of seasonal fruit crops for the benefit of the community has been shortlisted for a top prize.

As part of Abundance UK, West Ealing Neighbours Abundance is one of 33 nominations from over 8,000 applicants for the ‘Grassroots Projects’ category of the Observer Ethical Awards.  

It's one of three in the category and has a real chance of landing the top award.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards highlight the individuals and companies that have gone the extra green mile here in the UK.

Sheffield Abundance started around 5 years ago and is seen by other Abundance projects as the granddad of Abundance, closely followed by Manchester Abundance. The concept is a simple one – harvesting seasonal gluts and redistributing the surplus to the community on a non-profit basis. West Ealing Neighbours Abundance also juice fruit and make jams, chutneys and preserves re-investing the profits back into the project.

West Ealing Neighbours Abundance, with the support of Ealing Transition, has also been awarded a £1,000 grant from the Walpole Ward Forum grant fund to assist with picking equipment, mapping fruit in the area and a targeted leaflet campaign for local residents approval for volunteers to pick any surplus fruit growing in their garden.

WEN will have a stand at Hanwell Carnival taking place on the 19th June and are looking for volunteers to harvest fruit, local knowledge on where the best pickings are in public spaces and selling some of their delicious jams and chutneys – We would love to see you there!

More information on the categories and shortlist can be found here :




May 17, 2010


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