Autumn is here and with it, a host of free, edible delights. Foraging groups invite people to join them on the hunt for mushrooms, berries and fruit; we’ve rounded up the best. Abundance London host regular searches and pressing days. Brockley Harvest managed to cut down the local area’s food miles with their harvest last month, with more planned. A partnership of organic organisations, Hackney Harvest sends out up to 30 people every fortnight to map and pick fruit trees, with crops being cooked at Dalston’s People’s Kitchen. Incredible Edible Lambeth Harvest plans harvest feasts with community garden produce. Organiclea Vestry House Museum is a workers’ food-growing co-operative in the Lea Valley with profits divided between local residents and community projects. Transition Belsize coordinates ad-hoc harvesting trips around NW3. Since 2009 Transitional Town Kensal to Kilburn has rallied over a 100 members who regularly pluck the local bounty for jams and chutneys. Urban Harvest is an online information network that organises monthly foraging and juicing sessions in north London. Can you pick it? Yes you can.
For info, see London’s best foraging groups listing.