Fruit tree map

20 02 2010



How to plot fruit trees in your area:

Having a street directory is useful to accurately plot down the trees in your area but all you really need is a pen and paper. Google maps will allow you to zoom in until you see the shape of private blocks with the street numbers as well as small alleyways that aren’t always shown on other maps. So all you need to do is write down the address of the fruit tree i.e. Outside of house 72 Blyth St and then you can simply find the house and tree on Google maps later.

Using google maps you can easily plot down the fruit trees in your area.

Creating a feral fruit tree map is easy. Here are the basic steps:

  1. View Feral fruit trees Melbourne in a larger map.
  2. Sign in to your google account if you haven’t already.
  3. Click Edit in the top left hand corner
  4.  Zoom into the area you want to plot.
  5.   Use the icons in the top left corner of the map. These include:
    Select button Selection tool. Use this to drag the map and select placemarks..
    Placemark button Placemark tool. Use this to plot fruit trees.

This will edit the overall map of fruit trees in Melbourne and plot the new trees you have added for everyone to view.

*Remember to add the name of the tree ie. (pomegranate, apple etc) plus any descriptive features which may aid in finding the tree, for example ‘in front of house number 36, hanging over fence, in front of church etc’

*Feral Fruit Trees map has been unavailable due to changes in Google’s system. We’ve added another fruit tree map here for your use in the same way.



19 02 2010

Feral fruit trees are fruit trees growing in or overhanging public spaces that are accessible to the urban hunter-gatherer. This website seeks to promote localized food gathering in cities where food is being obtained from increasingly distant sources. The current system of food delivery into urban centres poses unnecessary strain upon both the economy and the environment due to transportation costs. Feral fruit tree harvesting transforms our current food distribution system into a more sustainable alternative and promotes a consciousness of the ecology within our urban environments. Urban hunter-gatherers can also enjoy the benefit of fresh fruit that is often organic and not to mention free.

Fruit lying outside the boundary of private property for instance on a branch hanging over a fence is considered to be public property and therefore anyone can legally take the fruit. Please don’t take any fruit that is over someone’s fence even if it is in close reach as this is technically stealing. It always pays to just ask the owner, usually they won’t mind no one is really going to eat a whole tree of figs or loquats. Some people may be sensitive about having the fruit from their tree taken even if it is hanging into public space; therefore even though you are within your rights to take the fruit, common courtesy should be employed. eg. Please don’t make some old Greek guy angry by taking fruit when he doesn’t want you to.

Furthermore a few easy guidelines should be followed in order to ensure the sustainability and fair distribution of this precious public resource.

  1. Do not be greedy. Take only as much fruit as you need as there may be other fruit pickers in the area who wish to eat the fruit as well.
  2. Try not to damage the tree or the area around the tree. It would be wise to use a proper cutting tool to ensure clean cuts that do less damage to the tree. Try not to rip any leaves, branches or trample any plants below. I was told one story about a Mulberry tree that everyone used to plunder, the owner got so sick of people trampling his other plants from eating the berries that he unfortunately ended up cutting down the tree. 

With this in mind I bid you good luck on your fruit foraging adventures around the city.

Find feral fruit trees in your suburb        Picking Fruit by M Lyn.