On my second visit I investigated the other side of the green, where I met Richard, a local man, in amongst the trees.
Richard said that people constantly moan about the economy but he has never seen anyone else (apart from me) picking the abundant free fruit available here. He has three small freezers in his flat – filled to the brim with stewed apples, blackberries and other fruit. He also makes jams, chutney, pies and anything else he can find recipes for.
Like myself, Richard had created his own fruit picking tool kit, he also advised me where another local walnut tree was - and a big cranberry bush.
In exchange, I shinned up the apple tree and dropped fruit down for him to catch until we had filled his bag up.
I then showed him the huge Comice Pears on a nearby tree.
So he helped me pick enough Sloes to make Sloe Wine and Sloe Gin.
Reciprocation, cooperation, teamwork, collaboration sharing community – call it what you will - it is always a potent thing.