Exchange your unwanted fruit for juice
Garden Clear Up
Get in touch to book a garden clear up for your windfall or feral apples. We charge a small fee for this service, contact us with your details, where you are located and we’ll let you know how much it will be.
At this stage we only service the Cornwall area.
Donating your Fruit
During apple season we accept drop off donations. The apples must be ripe, a bruise or two is fine but no rotten apples (as they say, one rotten apple spoils the bunch!) Don’t store apples in plastic bags, boxes are better. Get in touch to see where we are based and for details on times for drop off.
Fruit for Juice
In return for apples dropped off and donated to The Cornish Apple Project, we give back juice in return. Every 7kg of useable apples will net you a 250ml bottle of pure apple juice. If you are not the juice kinda person, we have a 5% discount voucher that you can have (great gifts!) and this will apply to juice or cider.
The Cornish Apple Project
where it all began
Every year Jeff’s landscaping company was collecting apples by the truck full as many clients considered the apples to be a pain in the proverbial and wanted shot of them, or wanting the trees removed. Horrified at the apple waste and potential loss of these trees he decided to do something about it.
The idea was simple.
Collect the tame apples and wrangle the ferals.
Turn this apple wastage into sweet apple juice and yummy cider.
Preserve and nurture existing Cornish Apple Tree stocks.
Throw in ‘help the bees’ by protecting their food source, add a dash of education …..
and The Cornish Apple Project was launched.
Jeff built his own handmade apple press and put word out that The Cornish Apple Project were accepting apple donations at their premises. The locals soon started dropping off their fruit and along with the apples he was collecting from homes around Cornwall, Jeff soon had a load of apples, and what a variety!
The apples were hand pressed (lots of 3am finishes, good times!), and Jeff shared the love by giving back to the donors a % of their donations in the form of bottled and pasteurised apple juice.
Jeff invested in a larger automated apple press (wise move after hand pressing tons of apples!) and opened Hidden Orchard. The cider and juice we make are made with the remaining Cornish Apple Project donated and collected fruit, and the unsaleable ‘wonky fruit’ that supermarkets turn down.
Drawing attention to food waste, The Cornish Apple Project visits schools and demonstrated how these apples that would have been wasted, are pressed and turned into juice. The kids love getting involved in the actual hands-on pressing of the apples and tasting the fruits of their labour (yep, we punned it!)
Other initiatives organically grew from the project; bottle returns for re-use, working on decreasing food miles and recycling the apple waste after pressing by donating it to a local pig farmer for feed.
Every year The Cornish Apple Project accepts drop off donations or you can book our collection and clear up services.