In September 2023, Share the Harvest invited everyone in North Lancashire to join in and help prevent fruit waste from local trees such as apples and pears. Read more about how it went in this blog post

Share the Harvest is a month-long festival of gleans (scroll down to find out what “gleaning” means!), events and workshops happening all over Lancaster District.

Could you, your organisation, business or community group organise an event to help rescue surplus fruit and fight food waste? In autumn 2024, join in with a local gleaning event, a workshop on juicing, cooking and preserving fruit or by hosting a glean in your garden, orchard or farm. Donated surplus will be distributed through Eggcup’s network.

A limited number of mini-grants of up to £50 are available to support community groups and charities and cover event expenses. You can express interest in a grant when you register your event.

Or if you’d like to join gleaning events as a volunteer, sign up to join the North Lancashire Gleaning Network.

Get involved

Add an event, glean or other activity to the festival programme. 

Get in touch

Do you have an idea for a glean, event or activity but not quite sure how to do it, or need support from Closing Loops? Contact Jay Godden, the Closing Loops Gleaning Coordinator at Eggcup, to discuss your idea or to support Share the Harvest.

Host a glean

Do you have fruit trees that need harvesting, or surplus fruit to donate? If you have more fruit trees in your garden, orchard or farm than you can harvest, or know of fruit trees in your neighbourhood that regularly don’t get harvested, please contact Jay to find out more about hosting a glean, borrowing harvesting tools or using the Claver Hill community apple press for free. 

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Organise an event

Share the Harvest is a decentralised festival with events all over North Lancashire. Could your community group, organisation or business organise a glean or run an activity? Borrow harvesting tools for free, apply for a small support grant, or add your glean, cooking workshop, neighbourhood harvest festival or other event to the programme. 

Jay holding up a gleaned pumpkin

Join in as a gleaning volunteer

Would you like to spend a fun day out, connecting with your local community and making new friends while rescuing surplus fruit that would otherwise go to waste? Please sign up as a gleaning volunteer. 

Resource packs

COMING SOON: Download useful resource packs to help you organise gleaning events.

people gleaning cabbages in field

What is “gleaning”?

Gleaning is a community practice of harvesting surplus crops that would otherwise go to waste. Scroll down to read more. 

Gleaning is an ancient practice where crops left over after the harvest are collected from farmers’ fields. Even today, it happens surprisingly often that it is not commercially viable for a farmer to harvest all their crop, leading to food waste and loss of profits for farmers. And so this practice is now being revived by community groups across the UK, making sure surplus produce is harvested by volunteers and redistributed for bellies, not bins.

Somewhat different from “scrumping” or “dumpster diving”, which may not have the consent of the owner of the land or tree, our gleans are entirely legal and done in cooperation with the owners. It’s a win-win for anyone too busy to harvest all their crops, for volunteers to have a fun day out and take home some fresh produce, and ultimately for people in need of extra food.

It’s not waste unless we waste it! The harvested crops are in perfect edible condition, and are far from being waste. Eggcup‘s excellent redistribution system ensures that all harvested food gets redistributed to those most in need, and that any excess is processed and preserved so as little as possible goes to waste.

The North Lancashire Gleaning Network is coordinated by Eggcup and the Closing Loops project. You can join the network as a gleaning volunteer or support it by hosting a glean on your farm, orchard or community garden. To find out more, please get in touch

Likewise, if you are a food producer, wholesaler or retailer and need a solution for redistributing surplus food, please get in touch with Eggcup.

This work has stemmed from Feedback’s work on gleaning. To find gleaning networks in other parts of the country, please visit the Feedback gleaning network page.

Closing Loops is a collaborative project created to stimulate a thriving local economy in North Lancashire. You can find out more about Closing Loops on the Closing Loops project page

SHARE THE HARVEST: EVENTS PROGRAMME 2023

Please check back in August 2024 for this year’s programme and sign up to the FoodFutures newsletter at the bottom left of this page to stay in the loop.

CANCELLED – Apple picking at Lancaster and Morecambe College

CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WINDS. Wednesday 27 September, 12 noon at Lancaster & Morecambe College Orchard, Torrisholme Road Entrance. Activities include apple picking, juicing, composting, and distribution, alongside L&MC students. If you are not an L&MC student and would like to join, please register here. __________ This event is part of Share the Harvest, a month-long festival celebrating locally grown […]

Apple Festival at Christ Church

Saturday 30 September 2-4pm. Christ Church, Wyresdale Road, LA1 3EA. Stalls, information, locally grown produce, apple pressing, refreshments, tombola, guest performance by Mereside Community Choir and much, much more. Bring your own apples for juicing and learn more about composting with the Closing Loops team. Everyone welcome! Competition for the best apple-based baked product: Competition entries to be brought to the […]

Apple specials at Filbert’s Bakery

Filbert’s Bakery have some great seasonal specials like apple & hazelnut sourdough and fruit crumble. And did you know you can take your surplus apples in and barter them for delicious baked goodies? Opening times: Wed to Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm.

Campus fruit rescue at Lancaster Uni

Join Closing Loops and the Ecohub on 18 September for an afternoon of apple picking and sharing ahead of the start of the Michaelmas term. This glean will bring people from across the Lancaster University campus together to stop fruit waste, distributing apples across campus with any leftovers being distributed to local food charities. Monday 18 September, afternoon. If you’re […]

The Storey Gardens

Gardens open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm throughout September. Heritage Open Days from 9 to 16 September. The Storey Gardens comprises two walled gardens. Come through to the second garden where you can find the fruit trees and sample a number of different varieties of apples and pears, including the Hessle and Improved Fertility pears, the Duke of Devonshire eating apple and the Lord Derby cooking apple. And why not stop off at the herb bed in the first garden? Here you can taste tarragon, mint, parsley, dill and fennel. Please ask a Storey Gardens volunteer if you’d like to harvest herbs for cooking. Free Admission. Access: Through The Storey building (27 Meeting House Lane LA1 1TH), either via the lift to the first floor which provides wheelchair access to the gardens, or via steps from the courtyard outside the PrintRoom Cafe. The gardens can also be accessed down some steps through the archway opposite the castle gateway in Castle Park. From 9 to 16 September the Storey Gardens will be participating in the Heritage Open Days. This year’s theme is ‘Creativity Unwrapped’ and there’ll be a creativity trail featuring a display of paper butterflies, information about the creation of fruit varieties and poems and stories inspired by the gardens. www.storeygardens.org __________ The Storey Gardens are taking part in Share the Harvest, a month-long […]

Apple Day at Fairfield Community Orchard

Saturday 23 September 2023, 2-4:30pm. Apple Day at Fairfield Orchard with children’s games including apple bobbing and apple peeling, music and a refreshment stall with excellent cakes. All are welcome. ___________________________ The Apple Day at Fairfield Orchard is part of Share the Harvest, a month-long festival celebrating locally grown varieties of apples and pears, rescuing unharvested fruit and raising awareness […]

Lancaster’s Harvest Market

Friday 15 September 2023, 10am-5pm. Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HT. Celebrate the season with local food producers, crafts people, artists and musicians at the Harvest edition of Lancaster’s Seasonal Markets. There will be street food stalls, local produce, arts, crafts, community stalls and the launch of the autumn edition of North Lancashire’s community food magazine THRIVE. New stallholders, volunteers and entertainers […]

Community apple pressing with Claver Hill (various dates)

The Claver Hill community press can be used in Hest Bank to make juice, steam and purree fruit on Tuesdays 5, 12 and 19 September, flexible timings. Get in touch with Jay if you, your group or organisation would like to use the press (more dates may be possible on request, too). __________ This event is part of Share the Harvest, […]

Apple glean in Bowerham

Friday 1 September, from 10am. The North Lancashire Gleaning Network is kicking off Share the Harvest with a small-scale apple glean up in Bowerham, in some residential gardens. If you’re interested in coming along, please fill in this form. (Details about the location will be sent only to registered participants.) ____________ Support Share the Harvest If there are fruit trees […]

Claver Hill Open Day

Sunday 27 August, noon to 4pm. Open Day for the public and then After Hours Party for Members Past and Present.

Home juicing with the Claver Hill community press (various dates)

Various dates available throughout September for using the Claver Hill community fruit press to make juice, steam and purree fruit. Get in touch with Jay to find out more if you, your group or organisation would like to use the press.   __________ This event is part of Share the Harvest, a month-long festival celebrating locally grown varieties of apples and […]

The Storey Gardens

Gardens open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm throughout September. Heritage Open Days from 9 to 16 September. The Storey Gardens comprises two walled gardens. Come through to the second garden where you can find the fruit trees and sample a number of different varieties of apples and pears, including the Hessle and Improved Fertility pears, the Duke of Devonshire eating apple and the Lord Derby cooking apple. And why not stop off at the herb bed in the first garden? Here you can taste tarragon, mint, parsley, dill and fennel. Please ask a Storey Gardens volunteer if you’d like to harvest herbs for cooking. Free Admission. Access: Through The Storey building (27 Meeting House Lane LA1 1TH), either via the lift to the first floor which provides wheelchair access to the gardens, or via steps from the courtyard outside the PrintRoom Cafe. The gardens can also be accessed down some steps through the archway opposite the castle gateway in Castle Park. From 9 to 16 September the Storey Gardens will be participating in the Heritage Open Days. This year’s theme is ‘Creativity Unwrapped’ and there’ll be a creativity trail featuring a display of paper butterflies, information about the creation of fruit varieties and poems and stories inspired by the gardens. www.storeygardens.org __________ The Storey Gardens are taking part in Share the Harvest, a month-long […]

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