Donate Your Apples
Wasted Apple Cider was born from a desire to reduce waste. We saw beautiful apples in our neighbour’s orchard going to waste simply because he couldn’t use or give away the abundance of fruit that his trees were yielding. He happily donated his unused apples to us to make our first ever batches of Cider. The Cider we made with these apples was good and very popular with friends and family.
The Cider-making bug had taken hold and in 2014 we decided to test the water. We put an ad for ‘wasted’ apples in a Cornish farmers magazine and the local paper, as well as on social media and were astounded at the positive response we received. We discovered that there are many similar unused apple trees and orchards throughout Cornwall. If your orchard is not in Cornwall – check for your nearest local collector here.
Our Apple Journey
What’s In It For You?
As well as the satisfaction of knowing that your donated apples are being used, we will give you some of our cider in return for your support. As a rough rule of thumb we give you 2 bottles of our bottle-conditioned Cider (dry and or medium dry) for every 25-30 kg sackful of apples you donate, up to 36 bottles. You will also be given our discount card which will allow you to purchase any of our products from us at a discounted price throughout the year (please note that the discount only applies to purchases made from Wasted Apple directly ).
What Do You Need To Do?
Simply contact us below to let us know where you are in Cornwall (not in Cornwall – check for a local collector here), how many apples you are likely to be able to donate and when your apples are likely to be ready to pick (they are ready when they are starting to drop or when they fall when the branch is gently shaken). We can supply you with sacks for you to collect your apples in, and if you are able to drop them to us that would be great. Alternatively, of course, we can pick up your collected apples. If you can’t collect your own apples, for whatever reason, we can usually schedule in a date to come over and do all the work for you.
kgs collected so far this year...
Progress towards our 8 tonnes target for 2019
We are delighted to annouce that we have exceeded our 2019 apple collecting target with over 8 tonnes of apples donated. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any more donations this year but please use our directory to find alternative collectors or register below for next year
UK Apple Collector Directory
If you are looking to donate your apples but your orchard is located outside of Cornwall, we have compiled a list of other apple collectors across the United Kingdom. Click on the entry below to go to their website or social media page. If you are an apple collector, get in touch and we will happily add you to the list!
Spare Apples in Somerset?
Why not support the very fascinating and worthy Apples on the Strawberry Line project being run by Neil Phillips. He is looking to collect apples that are near to, or run along the Strawberry Line. The line is the old Cheddar Valley Line and runs from Yatton to Shepton Mallet and beyond taking in Cheddar, Wells and Evercreech. He also has a great Scrumping Project blog!
We can process your donated apples into cider or apple juice, and once it’s ready we deliver it back to you all packaged and with a label that shows where the apples were sourced. Perfect if you own rental properties, guest houses or small hotels where you can place the cider or apple juice in the property as a gift to your guests.
Just some of our many donors from around Cornwall helping us make great traditional cider and apple juice and getting to enjoy the fruits of their orchards.
We also welcome volunteer pickers. If you feel you can help please get in touch!