Harvest Banbury provides fruits of labour

Crates of fresh fruit have been donated to those in need in Banbury thanks to a successful harvest festival style project.

Harvest Banbury, funded by Sanctuary Housing and led by Banbury Community Action Group, was able to donate unwanted fruit to local charities, groups and residents by collecting and helping to pick surplus crops.

Members of Harvest Banbury with the collection of fruit. Picture by Ed Maynard'. NNL-151016-154432001

Members of Harvest Banbury with the collection of fruit. Picture by Ed Maynard'. NNL-151016-154432001

Donations of fruit came from the local community, Sanctuary Housing staff and town and district councillor John Donaldson. The total weight handed over was in excess of 500kgs.

A juicing evening held at The Hill Youth and Community Centre in Dover Avenue, Banbury, celebrated the end of the project where some of the harvest was blitzed into healthy and colourful drinks for the community to take home.

OYAP’s Youth Action Team, based at The Hill, brought their creative flare to the event by screen printing tote bags for the community to also take away fresh produce.

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “It was a great pleasure to be involved with this project and to support health and wellbeing in our community.

“The event was such a simple yet effective way of sharing fresh food and preventing waste and the Youth Action Team added their own sparkle to the event.”

Jake Ellement, Banbury Community Action Group’s chairman , added: “Harvest Banbury has begun as a single event but we hope to build on its success and find new ways to share food and prevent waste.

“Even the leftovers from the juicing will be put to good use by some local pigs!”

This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Cherish Cherwell Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.