One of our volunteer hedgelaying couples have a young lad and they were only too pleased to take a couple of bags of outgrown boys clothes I had been hoarding. Whilst I expected nothing in exchange I was more than happy to accept a large bag of their home-grown apples and a promise of some raspberry canes. Half the apples have already been made into crumble with blackberries I'd frozen in the autumn and the first few rhubarb stalks. I also sent them on their way with some rhubarb plants, having found even more in the old veg patch and a box of wine. Items into landfill = 0. Happy People = 5.
With the clocks changing I was able to take the dogs out after putting the boys to bed - like Simon said, the verges are so beautiful at the moment and having recently unearthed my copy of "Food For Free", my walk took on a whole new meaning. Wild garlic (ramsoms), dandelion, nettles and chickweed might sound like weeds to most people but to us they are scrambled egg flavouring, salad, soup and a tasty spinach subsitute. With the veg patch yet to get into full production we're still able to have some free, albeit foraged food.