The fruits of their labour

Directors Amy Mycock, Julian Godfrey, Valentina Vulpi and Fiona Jennifer.

Directors Amy Mycock, Julian Godfrey, Valentina Vulpi and Fiona Jennifer.

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AN award-winning social enterprising scheme is turning old fruit into tasty treats.

Durham-based Fruitful Durham was formed out of the transition down movement, which aims to get people thinking more economically about where their food is from and helping the environment.

Collecting fallen and damaged fruit, the group uses it to make produce such as jams, chutneys, and cider, to show people they can successfully use local produce.

Fiona Jennifer, director of Fruitful Durham said: “It started as a way to get people to think about using British produce.

“Transition down in Durham looks at how much food is wasted in the city. It’s a community interest company.

“We collect surplus fruit and turn it into produce.”

Fiona runs the company with Julian Godfrey. Amy Mycock and Valentina Vulpi, who all live in Durham City.

“We are hoping to take a profit by the end of next year,” said the 57-year-old.

“But any surplus money that we make we do want to go to community projects.”

Fruitful Durham won a 2012 Blue Print Award from Durham University in the new social enterprise category earlier this year.

The company runs initiatives to get people involved in the transition down movement, such as the recent Together We Can Make Durham Fruitful event.

Fiona said: “We had a day where 35 people came along to help us.

“They made us a banner and helped us collect fruit. It was a very successful day.”

The company sells its 
products at Durham Markets, where it also tries to raise the profile of its work. Last Saturday it celebrated national apple day.

“We are also at the Durham Food Festival,” said Fiona.

“And we’ll have a stall outside of Palace Green.”

People can take apples to be pressed, and buy local products, and drinks by the glass.