Maximising the Urban Harvest

Every year tonnes of urban fruit goes to waste as people are either unable to pick it, can’t deal with the quantity or simply don’t know what to do with the fruit. Urban Harvesting takes this unwanted fruit and vegetables, redistributes some to local charities & schools, gives some to a local community café and turns the rest into juice and preserves. We are changing our plans in 2016 to allow us to support communities to carry out their own Urban Harvest.

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Local Produce for Sale!

We have fresh, locally produced Apple Juice (£2.50/litre), Jams & Chutneys for sale (£2/jar) - all made with local fruit picked in an around Birmingham. Pop in to the Ecocentre to buy.

How To Get Involved


There are lots of opportunities for volunteering with Urban Harvest. Roles include helping to coordinate the project, liaising with orchards and homeowners, picking, juicing preserving and distributing the fruit. There are some great benefits for volunteering your time with us on this really exciting project, not least the chance to produce some great fruit juice and work outdoors in a fun team environment.

If you want to get involved we run Urban Harvest during the harvest season but you can contact us throughout the year for more details.

Maximising the Urban Harvest

We are changing our plans for Urban Harvest in 2016. After a few years of picking and distributing, it’s time to help more people reap the benefits and gain the knowledge of how to pick, share and preserve in order to maximise the urban harvest. We will be running a number of demonstration events and advice sessions to help you get started and you can even hire equipment like pickers, apple scratters and juicers from us to help your own harvesting event go smoothly.

Community Groups

If you have fruit or vegetables that need picking, or have a glut you can’t use why not share them with neighbours, friends and family, donate them to a local charity, school, church or community group or keep them by storing, juicing, jamming, pickling and freezing.

Harvesting fruit is great fun and a brilliant chance to bring a community together so if you have access to fruit trees and want to run your own event please get in touch.

If you wish to get involved please contact Jackie on 0121 448 0119 or email

Northfield Ecocentre is working with Martineau Gardens, Urban Veg and Growing Birmingham to deliver Urban Harvest.