57-59 Club Garden Rd, Sheffield, S11 8BU

Community Apple Pressing

Community Apple Pressing is based on the idea that Sheffield produces an enormous amount of apples every year across the city, in gardens, allotments and schools, but many of these apples end up wasted due to sheer amount of apples that a mature apple tree can produce and there only being so many apple crumbles one household can consume!

Community juicing is the solution. Regather takes your surplus apples, juices and pasteurises them and gives you some juice back in return.

During 2023 and 2024 Regather received grant funding from the Co-operative Foundation in order for us to invest in apple juicing equipment and increase the scale with which we can save Sheffield apples from going to waste.

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Plans for 2024

We usually start receiving apple donations in August/September time. We will announce of social media and on our website the details of how to make a donation and when we are accepting apples again.

Apple Harvest

How It works

Weighing Your Fruit
When you bring your apples to us we will weigh them, this is called the ‘Dry Weight’.
We estimate that we can extract 50% of the juice from your donation and this is called the ‘Wet Weight’.

When apples are donated to us we will give you 25% of the volume of juice produced back, pasteurised in glass bottles. We then sell the rest throughout the year to cover the costs of the project.

All apples must be in good condition, only minor bruising and not rotten.

Minimum donation = 6kg of apples

Maximum donation = 200kg of apples


Community Harvesting Golden Rules

Please remember we cannot process rotten or mouldy fruit. Freshly picked, ripe fruit is best.

If you pick and store your apples before we can use them then please check for any rotten or mouldy apples. Some light bruising, stalks and leaves are all fine.

We generally try to avoid windfall apples where possible, especially if there are pets roaming the garden. All types of apples are great, a good mix of varieties gives the best results. Cookers and eaters are all welcome as they help balance sweetness and acidity. Even apples you wouldn’t consider eating are good (as long as not rotten of course). We can’t take any pear or other fruit donations as we don’t have the right kit to process them.

Picking Apples Methods: (suggestions from The Orchard Project)

These methods are offered as suggestions only. The individuals picking the fruit need to make sure their activity is safe.

1. Use telescopic apple pickers to reach individual apples. This is pretty slow!

2. Shake apples into a tarpaulin or sheet – an experienced and competent person climbs the tree and shakes it, or grip the tree with a hook on a long pole and shake it from the ground.
Wear protective head gear! Gets lots of apples out of the tree quickly. You end up with twigs and leaves in with the apples which are a pain when washing the apples.

3. Shake the tree as above, but just let them hit the ground. This is pretty quick, but lots of bending over. You can get all the windfall at the same time, and sort apples you want from those you don’t.

4. Pick any you can reach off the branch. Easy.

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