Gleaning Network UK


Gleaning Network UK, recently featured on BBC Radio 4's Food Programme and Al Jazeera, is an exciting new initiative to save the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on UK farms every year. Farmers across the country often have no choice but to leave tonnes of their crops unharvested and get ploughed back in the soil. These crops often cannot reach the market either because they fail to meet the retail strict cosmetic standards or because of overproduction.

We coordinate teams of volunteers, local farmers and food redistribution charities in order to salvage this fresh, nutritious food and direct it to those that need it most, such as homeless hostels and charities. To date, we have salvaged several tonnes of excellent unmarketable British produce, including apples, cabbages, cauliflowers, spring greens and kale, and redistributed them to charities such as FareShare and the Best Before Project. The movement is gathering pace, and we're rapidly expanding into a national network, with hubs launching in Kent, Brighton, Cambridge, Manchester, London and Bristol.

Join us in the fields! We need volunteer harvesters, drivers and coordinators. Join the Arable Spring!


Tel: +44 (0) 20 3051 8633 x208


Feeding the 5000,
The Bootstrap Company, 18 Ashwin Street,
London E8 3DL
United Kingdom

Key Words

Food waste, fruit and vegetables, food poverty, charities

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Part of Feeding the 5000, founded by author Tristram Stuart

Creation Date: 
Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 - 16:51
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 - 16:51

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