With the arrival of spring, fruit trees across the Czech Republic have started to bloom. For those who don’t own a patch of land but would still like to experience the pleasure of picking fruit rather than shopping for it in the supermarket, there is the initiative called Na Ovoce – Fruit Picking.
Na Ovoce created a website mapping out areas where one can legally go to pick fruit, herbs, and berries with the goal of avoiding waste and supporting a more environmentally sustainable community.
The city of Prague owns 36 orchards, where anyone who wants to can pick fruit, either as a sweet snack on a picnic, or to bring home for later.
Besides the orchards, there are also plenty of trees around Prague where one can pick and eat the fruit.
Na Ovoce raises social awareness for forgotten fruits in public space. The disappearance of fruit trees at home and fruit imported from the other side of the globe led the initiative to create a unique database to map freely accessible fruit.
A complete map is available online. The map also shows areas around the entire Czech Republic, and parts of Europe where people can pick fruit for free, a good way for fruit lovers to pick their next weekend trip.
The map is a project created and run by a group of fruit lovers. It works on a community basis, so users can add places to the map that they have found themselves.
The mobile application enables people go to the orchards that have been neglected and also share their experience with free fruit picking.