Without our fruit donors, we could not run. The fruit that everyone brings in means we can make our delicious juices and ciders.

To join the project and become a donor, please fill out this form. We’ll then send you an email to let you know when the drop-off days are: these are the days when we collect the fruit in, sort it, weigh it, and give our donors a receipt for their donations.

If at all possible, we really appreciate it if you’re able to bring your fruit to us at our central Manchester location. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that we’re a very small team of volunteers, and we just don’t have the capacity to do collections. However, if it’s not possible for you to drop off, we will try and arrange a collection because we really don’t want to see fruit go to waste.

We want all your apples and pears, as well as a range of other fruits if you’re able to donate them. There’s no limit to the amount you can donate, and therefore the amount you can get in return.

As long as the fruit isn’t rotten, we want it. It doesn’t matter if it’s fallen off the tree and bruised, it still makes good cider. Just please make sure that all the fruit is reasonably clean and that it hasn’t suffered from the attention of toilet-seeking pets!

Once we have the fruit we'll sort, clean, mill and press it and then transfer it to our fermenters to turn into cider, or our pasteurisation tanks to turn into juice.

In return for every 4kg of fruit brought in, our donors can take away 500ml of juice or cider when it's ready. This represents 25% of the juice we get from your donations. This may sound like we’re keeping the majority of the juice, but it’s similar to the amount you can press with domestic equipment. By using specialist commercial equipment we can get more juice than is possible domestically, and selling that extra juice and cider is where we can make some money to cover the project overheads.

When it's ready, we'll package it, label it, and then contact our donors to come and collect it. We’ll email you to arrange pick-ups. For juice this is likely to be a couple of weeks later, but for cider it will be the following year.