At Fruits of the Forage we make preserves, cordials & spirits with traditional fruits and abundant wild plants capturing a sustainable taste of the British landscape. We connect people to nature and champion fresh, local produce through our fruit and veg boxes, which are delivered all over Greater Manchester and parts of Cheshire. Our veg boxes aim to achieve minimal plastic packaging and low food miles whilst supporting our local farmers.
We harvest old orchards and hedgerows every year, saving tonnes of fruit that would otherwise go to waste. But we found it wasn’t just fruit going to waste. We have explored the forgotten fruit and traditions of our land and seen the cycle of life and rebirth falter; rotten tree stumps where orchards once stood. Small scale traditional orchards are dying out in many regions due to the changes in our food system.
These orchards and hedgerows are sacred, they have sustained our ancestors, traditions and folklore. They are vital to keep our heritage alive, for educating people about local food and most importantly creating habitats for wildlife and increasing biodiversity.
We’re working to conserve traditional orchards and hedgerows so that future generations may enjoy the simple pleasures of fruit picking. Since 2017 we’ve donated or planted 800 fruit trees in schools, farms and communities.