To fight against food waste and fruit rotting on trees, the “Yellow Ribbon” campaign allows everyone to collect fruit from so-marked trees. Look out for the yellow ribbons!
A national campaign against food waste
The “Gielt Band” or “Yellow Ribbon” campaign allows municipalities, private individuals or companies to open their gardens and orchards to the public by simply attaching a yellow ribbon to the trees to indicate that the fruits can be picked for free. After the success of the autumn campaign, a new campaign was launched at the end of April.
This action was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Syndicat des villes et communes luxembourgeoises (Syvicol). The Ministry is participating in this action with the trees under its supervision.
Owners of fruit trees can register on the Antigaspi website to receive yellow ribbons. What’s more, the yellow ribbons are made of cotton and are therefore recyclable.
A charter to respect
Please note that there are a few rules that pickers must follow for safe picking:
- Only fruit on a tree marked with a yellow ribbon can be picked.
- Climbing the tree or using a ladder is not allowed.
- The tree must not be damaged.
- The fruit is for private use.
- Only take as much fruit as you need.
- Leave nature as you found it.
- Do not block the access roads.
- Picking is your own responsibility.
Owners should also make sure to put yellow ribbons on trees that are easily accessible to the public (e.g. without fences to step over or with livestock around). Each tree must be marked with a separate yellow ribbon.
How to find them?
On the Anti-gaspi website, you can find a map showing the municipalities in which trees are participating in the campaign. Minett Biosphere has also created an interactive map listing the types of trees and their location in the south of the country. experience.arcgis
In spring and summer, there are many fruits to pick such as quinces, cherries, plums, and soon apples, pears but also walnuts or even hazelnuts.
Once the fruit is in your kitchen, think about making compotes, jams or pies! And check out our Kachen website for recipe ideas.
Registration and information at: antigaspi.lu