Belper group wants to taste the fruits of success

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A VOLUNTARY group from Belper is making tasty homemade jams for the town’s food festival – but for the job it wants to use fruit that has been grown locally.

Transition Belper, a group made up of local people who explore how to increase the community’s ability to withstand climate change, especially want fruit that would otherwise go to waste.

Maggie Braley, a Transition Belper volunteer, said: “We’re interested in hearing from people with large crops or forgotten patches at the bottom of their gardens or those overrun with fruit who don’t get round to using it all. “We’re looking for any fruit coming into season around now such as gooseberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and strawberries.

“If you might have fruit going spare, let us know on 07817 754004 and we’ll come an pick it. Rather than buying fruit for jam from a supermarket, using local, seasonal fruit cuts down on air miles, saves money, cuts down waste and makes delicious jams with the taste of summer.”