Develop a virtual local community orchard as a blue print for a network of virtual city orchards across the Coventry - followed by a series of the real things!
The Urban Fruit Collective have been collecting the fruit which would otherwise go to waste from peoples' back gardens over the last 2 years. This fruit is then distributed to the community and charities, eliminating waste and spreading good will and plenty of enjoyment!
The harvesting project could provide much more fruit for Coventrians locally and with minimum CO2 emissions. It provides a focus for community involvement, raises the general consciousness of food miles and increases participation in growing food and healthy lifestysles.
We need to develop a way of accurately mapping trees which are offered for harvesting and link these trees with people who would like to climb a tree! Some easy way for identifying when a tree is ready for harvesting and a diary to show what, whom and where.... really a system to log data easily, make contacts and ensure that the fruit is easily and swiftly distributed to where it will be used....
Longer term I'd like to see spaces where orchards are planted and maintained for the use and benefit of the whole community. Spaces which are wildlife havens and space for freerange people to enjoy peace and tranquility as well as spaces where we grow our own fruits and share them with our communities.