Cash for cider apple donor scheme launched

London's Forest Gate-based Urban Orchard are blending unwanted city apples with other crops to create a craft cider that helps to combat food wastage, encourages community involvement and supports local sustainability drives.

Donors are given cider or cash in return for their apples, with 10 per cent of the apples weight offered in cider - for example, 10kgs of apples gets the donor one litre of cider.

Inspired by the Fairtrade Foundation and it’s business model, local gardening groups, community organisations or social enterprises are rewarded with 20 per cent above the market rate, providing cash to communities and helping to facilitate the development of urban projects and community initiatives.

Urban Orchard regularly use profit to plant new orchards; most recently a 33-tree area at the City Farm in Mudchute, London.

Community groups, allotment associations, city farms and pubs are also invited to become Apple Donor Stations - a place where likeminded locals can collectively donate apples in return for cash towards their projects.

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