The aim of this map is allow people access to free fruit in the community, reduce the rotten fruit on the ground (and wasps) and to improve the health of the trees.
It is important to remember:
– picking fruit from private land without permission is stealing, ask permission first
– safety first, only pick fruit where it safe to do so
– don’t be greedy, leave some fruit for the next person
– wash fruit and watch out for the bugs!
The Public Fruit Tree map is usually hosted by fallingfruit.org which provide a global map of all known fruit trees on public land. Their site also makes it super easy to add your own trees that you have found.
Our council made the following statement in regard to foraging for fruit on public land:
‘The Launceston City Council encourages sustainability practices within the Northern Tasmanian community and has no objection to members of the public taking fruit or other produce from street trees or trees within the Council’s public reserves. However, the taking of fruit or other produce should only be done in locations where it is safe to do so, using methods which are also safe. Fruit and other produce should not be collected from roads or from trees by climbing or using ladders. The Council does not spray these trees with insecticides or pesticides, so care should be taken to ensure any fruit or produce collected is free from insects’.
Please contact your local council to find whether they support this activity.