Fallen apples hazard

Brian Worrall and crab apples.
Brian Worrall and crab apples.
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A SHEFFIELD pensioner has appealed for help harvesting fruit on his street after his neighbourhood was over-run with crab apples.

Brian Worrall, aged 73, of Norton Lees Crescent, Norton Lees, says his road is lined with 30 trees fully laden with unwanted crab apples, which are dropping onto pavements and causing problems for elderly residents.

The retired bus driver said Sheffield Council had trimmed the trees back to prevent branches from hanging over paths.

But health and safety priorities mean council workers can’t be called out over fallen fruit.

Thanks to The Star, city environmental project Abundance, which harvests unpicked fruit, has now said they will consider collecting the surplus crab apples.

Mr Worrall, who’s lived on Norton Lees Crescent for 42 years, said: “We’ve got trees that are absolutely full of crab apples.

“The council has been round and trimmed the trees for the simple reason that they’re overhanging the pavement and we couldn’t walk up the road properly, but they’ve done nothing about the apples left all over the floor.

He added: “At night it’s very dangerous when you’re walking on there. I don’t know of anybody that wants the apples.”

Mr Worrall said the trees were planted over 40 years ago at the request of residents.

Daniele Rinaudo, Abundance’s project leader, said: “It’s possibly something we can do. The most common thing people do with crab apples is make jelly.

“Because they have quite a high pectin content they’re also good for using with other fruits to make jam.”

He added: “We think it’s a shame that so much fruit gets wasted and left to rot, and people don’t use what’s in their locality.

“They go to the supermarket and buy fruit from the other side of the world - it’s a lot more cost-effective to harvest food from the local area that’s available to everyone.”