Wokingham Community Apple Press
About this project
- Date started:
- July 2011
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Every year we see apples left to waste and rot, either on trees in gardens, or on orphan trees by the roadside. It bothers us. So we started talking about how to make it easier for people to harvest and enjoy them. Then we applied for community funding, and when we were lucky enough to be awarded, bought a press, a crusher and a pasteurizer.
The press is available for personal use but is not to be used for commercial profit. We charge £20 for a year's membership to cover insurance and other Transition projects in the Community.
The Community Apple Press is available for personal use for anyone who lives in the Borough of Wokingham. If you have a tree but don't have the time to pick your apples, we can help. Or if you don't have any apples of your own, we'll try to match you with a fruit-tree owner who is happy to share some of the juice in exchange for picking.
We want to make use of fruit trees in the area that don't belong to anyone. If you know of any orphan trees in the area and are happy to share the knowledge, please let us know where it is as we're working on a map to go on our website.
We are also making the press available to charities and community groups for events and fun days. We also want to run sessions in local schools to learn about how apples grow and how juice is made. If you would like a presentation for your school or group then please let us know.
Transition Wokingham has several groups including a garden share scheme and a bee group. If you want to find out more, then do get in touch with us.