VOLUNTEERS from Redditch and Bromsgrove recently joined dozens of gleaners to help rescue unwanted apples from two local orchards.

Picking almost five tonnes of apples from orchards in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, the apples will be distributed to social centres, schools and homeless charities through the FareShare food scheme.

Orchard volunteer Alistair Waugh said: "Cutting food waste is a big issue.

"These apples were destined to just fall-off and rot. We've helped save thousands of daily portions of fruit, that's now set to reach some of the most vulnerable people across the Midlands."

Including volunteers from Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees (BRWR), many of the apples will be juiced and bottled at Pershore College, to create RefuJuice - a project ran by BRWR, providing a positive activity and fundraising to support Syrian families living locally.

Apples will also be delivered to local schools and social centres like Sandycroft, and the Ecumenical Centre, among others.

The events were organised by national food waste group Feedback.

For details of how to get involved, visit feedbackglobal.org/gleaning-network