Unique project in Banbury to solve harvest problems

The Hill Youth and Community Centre, Banbury. NNL-150922-132752009
The Hill Youth and Community Centre, Banbury. NNL-150922-132752009

Grown too much fruit and veg this year? Struggling to pick produce? A blossoming project in Banbury is helping to solve harvesting problems.

Thanks to a partnership between Sanctuary Housing and Banbury Community Action Group, Harvest Banbury is able to help with picking crops and donating unwanted fruit and veg to local charities, groups and residents.

Those involved can give away as much or as little as wanted and the surplus will benefit groups such as The Hill Youth and Community Centre and Sunshine Children’s Centre in Edmunds Road.

A juicing evening will be held on Monday, October 12 at The Hill Youth and Community Centre in Banbury, where donated fruit will be blitzed into healthy and colourful drinks of which the community are invited to take home.

OYAP’s Young Action Team, based at The Hill, will be bringing their creative flare to the event by screen printing tote bags that can be used by the community to also take away fresh produce.

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “This is a unique project for Banbury and a lovely example of a community led initiative, helping our neighbourhood to become more sustainable.

“For those who have too much fruit and veg, or are simply struggling with harvesting their produce, this is a great way of sharing within the community and ensuring food does not go to waste.”

Banbury Community Action Group’s chair, Jake Ellement, added: “I am thrilled to be working on this exciting initiative with Sanctuary Housing residents.

“I hope this project will grow and grow so we can cover a bigger area in Banbury each year. We will be encouraging people to visit our community garden in Bridge Street, Banbury, as well as the Browning Road Orchard.”

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

Those interested in the juicing event should bring their own container to The Hill anytime between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Monday, October 12.

Residents interested in the harvesting offer should email banburycag@gmail.com or phone Kate Winstanley on 0800 1313348.