MEMBERS OF two Brent environmental groups spread some happiness in Kilburn by giving out freshly squeezed fruit juice from apples that would have been otherwise wasted.
Representatives from Transition Town Willesden and Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn set up camp on the Kilburn High Road on Saturday with a traditional apple juice press.
The effort was much appreciated on one of the hottest days at an unexpected time of year.
Event organiser Michael Stuart said that over 100 passers-by got a taste of fresh apple juice made from apples that have fallen from local trees and would have normally been left to rot.
Mr Stuart, who also co-ordinates the Local Fruit Harvester project, said: "We were really excited to spread the word about local fruit right in the heart of the Kilburn High Road.
"People loved it, and we did get some interesting questions. Some people wondered if it would be safe to drink, but most of all they were amazed by it and they couldn't believe how good it tasted."
Some people bought glasses of apple juice, and the event raised around £44 for the transition town groups to fund future activities.
Dollis Hill resident and co-ordinator of Transition Willesden, Viv Stein, said, "It was fantastic to offer cool local freshly-pressed apple juice, from fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste, to curious passers by on one of the hottest days of the year."
Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn is holding a Harvest Festival event on Sunday (October 9) from 10am to 2pm at Salusbury Primary School hall on Salusbury Road. The apple press will be at the event, and visitors will also be able to enjoy craft stalls, a clothes and books swap, music and story telling among a host of other events.
Anyone wanting to find out more can visit http://ttkensaltokilburn.ning.com/