Each year the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust takes part in a Harvest Share Scheme organised by Transition Stratford; a local organisation that aims to develop positive, practical ways to achieve a more sustainable future for all.
This year's harvest of fruit from the orchards at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage has started, and we're anticipating a bountiful crop.
The Harvest Share project collects fruit from gardens in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and distributes it to local groups such as care homes, lunch clubs and children’s centres.
Fruit that cannot be used straight away can instead be processed into juices or cider, which are then sold on to generate income for Transition Stratford.
Stratford Harvest Share has already collected 400 kilos of apples and 40 kilos of plums this summer, over half of which was harvested from Anne Hathaway's cottage! With further picks planned over the coming weeks, organisers are predicting that more than a tonne of fruit will be collected in total.
We're thrilled to be able to participate in this fantastic scheme and to contribute something to a variety of local community groups. To find out more about the project and see if you can get involved, visit the Transition Stratford website.