Last autumn, I noticed an apple tree near where I park my car for work which was laden with apples. No one was picking them and they were falling all over the road.
This year, I have come across a more extra-ordinary situation. My village Britain-in-Bloom group had planted various fruit trees on Canal Trust land. So, the trees are owned by one group but not being looked after by anyone it seems, fenced off and surrounded by nettles.
Fortunately, we did find a wild tree elsewhere, along with rosehips, so my friend and I had a productive forage. Sadly, we were too late for the blackberries but I will try to remember this for next year. At least I’ve still got preserves to use up from last year’s pickings.