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The "Gielt Band" action. Here, gathering fruit is allowed.

Each year, tons of ripe fruit are left to rot under the trees in orchards and in the verges bordering country lanes – and it’s a dreadful waste. The remedy is simple: these apples, pears, plums, etc. should be gathered up and pressed to obtain their juice, stewed to produce a compote or made into jam.

But there’s a snag: gathering fruit without the owner’s permission is prohibited. What’s the solution? It’s the “Gielt Band” action, launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Syndicat des Villes et Communes Luxembourgeoises (Association of Luxembourg Cities and Municipalities – SYVICOL). Municipalities may attach a yellow ribbon to indicate the fruit trees which they own and the fruit from which can be gathered by members of the public. The Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development participates as regards the trees under its care and supervision.

Yellow ribbon: you can gather the fruit!

When the harvest season comes round, yellow ribbons (made from cotton, and thus recyclable) will be attached to the trees concerned and anyone is allowed, free of charge and without first consulting the owner, to gather fruit for his/her personal use – whilst respecting the behaviour charter. In this way, active steps are taken to prevent food waste, and we learn to value and appreciate foodstuffs. Moreover, the transformation and conservation of the various fruits affords an opportunity to keep our traditions and know-how alive.

Schengen

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees

Schieren

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Quince trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Roeser

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees

Weiler-la-Tour

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Dudelange

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Remich

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Kiischpelt

Apple trees, Pear trees

Wiltz

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Berdof

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Nut trees, Chestnut trees

Bertrange

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Quince trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Mondorf-les-Bains

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Junglinster

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Quince trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Beckerich

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Quince trees, Mirabelle Plum trees

Redange-sur-Attert

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Putscheid

Nut trees

Ettelbruck

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Nut trees

Clervaux

Apple trees, Grapevines

Reckange-sur-Mess

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Nut trees, Medlars

Betzdorf

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Quince trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Dippach

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Mirabelle Plum trees

Flaxweiler

Apple trees, Pear trees

Mersch

Apple trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Kayl

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Bettembourg

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Quince trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Ell

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Quince trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Sanem

Apple trees, Pear trees, Quince trees, Nut trees

Differdange

Apple trees, Pear trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees

Esch-sur-Alzette

Apple trees, Pear trees, Cherry trees, Nut trees

Lorentzweiler

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Medlars

Préizerdaul

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Mertzig

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees

Niederanven

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Mirabelle Plum trees

Steinsel

Pear trees, Plum trees, Nut trees

Olá

This map shows which municipalities are participating in the “Gielt Band” action, and which varieties of fruit trees are to be found there. In order to discover their precise location, please consult the municipal administration.

If any municipal committees, associations or private persons are organising events around the action (e.g. a village fete or apple juice production), they should notify the Ministry of Agriculture of their respective actions, either by e-mail (antigaspi@ma.etat.lu) or by telephone (+352 247-73516). We will be presenting them to the public here on the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (29 September).

"Gielt Band" Charter for fruit gatherers

  • Only fruit from a tree marked with a yellow ribbon may be gathered
  • It is forbidden to climb the tree or to use a ladder
  • The tree must not be damaged
  • The fruit must be gathered for private use only
  • Only take the amount of fruit that you need
  • Leave nature in the state in which you found it
  • Don’t block access paths and roads
  • In gathering the fruit, you do so under your own responsibility