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The “Gielt Band” campaign: Here, gathering fruit is allowed.

Each year, many kilograms of ripe fruit are left to rot under the trees in orchards, gardens and on public places – and it’s a dreadful waste. The remedy is simple: gather and pick these apples, pears, plums, etc. and make them into jam, compote, juice or a pie.

But there’s a snag: gathering fruit without the owner’s permission is prohibited. What’s the solution? It’s the “Gielt Band” campaign, launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development in collaboration with the “Syndicat des Villes et Communes luxembourgeoises” (Syvicol). Municipalities, private individuals, associations and businesses may attach a yellow ribbon to indicate the fruit trees which they own and from which fruit 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.

Register and order your ribbons here

Yellow ribbon: you can gather the fruit!

When the fruit is ripe and ready to be picked, 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 personal use – whilst respecting the behaviour charter. 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

Participant: municipality

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

 

Schieren

Participant: municipality

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

Roeser

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees

Weiler-la-Tour

Participant: municipality

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

Dudelange

Participants: municipality, Natur & Ëmwelt Section Haard, private persons

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

Remich

Participant: municipality

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

Kiischpelt

Participants: municipality, ANF-Triage Kiischpelt

Apple trees, Pear trees

Wiltz

Participant: municipality

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

Berdorf

Participant: municipality

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

Bertrange

Participant: municipality

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

Mondorf-les-Bains

Participant: municipality

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

Junglinster

Participants: municipality, private person

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

Beckerich

Participant: municipality

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

Redange-sur-Attert

Participant: municipality

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

Putscheid

Participant: municipality

Nut trees

Ettelbruck

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Nut trees

Clervaux

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Grapevines

Reckange-sur-Mess

Participants: municipality, private person

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

Betzdorf

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Reine-Claude Plum trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Cherry trees, Quince trees, Nut trees

Dippach

Participants: municipality, private person

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

Flaxweiler

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees

Mersch

Participant: municipality

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

Kayl

Participant: municipality

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

Bettembourg

Participant: municipality

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

Ell

Participant: municipality

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

Sanem

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees, Quince trees, Nut trees

Differdange

Participant: municipality

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

Esch-sur-Alzette

Participants: municipality, private person

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

Lorentzweiler

Participant: municipality

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

Préizerdaul

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Reine-Claude Plum trees, Cherry trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Mertzig

Participant: municipality

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

Niederanven

Participant: municipality

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

Steinsel

Participant: municipality

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

Rosport-Mompach

Participant: municipality

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

Strassen

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees, Nut trees

Beaufort

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Nut trees

Garnich

Participant: municipality

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

Diekirch

Participant: municipality

Apple trees

Walferdange

Participant: municipality

Apple trees

Fischbach

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees

Schifflange

Participant: municipality

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

Manternach

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees

Nommern

Participants: municipality, private person

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Cherry trees

 

Consdorf

Participants: private persons

Apple trees, Plum tree, Mirabelle Plum tree, Cherry trees

Luxembourg

Participants: municipality (two weekends in September/October), private persons

Apple trees, Pear trees

Contern

Participant: private person

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Reine-Claude Plum trees, Mirabelle Plum trees, Cherry trees, Chestnut trees

Bech

Participant: municipality

Cherry tree

Bissen

Participant: municipality

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

Käerjeng

Participant: municipality

Currants (hedges)

Lac de la Haute-Sûre

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees, Cherry trees

Pétange

Participant: municipality

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

Mondercange

Participant: municipality

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

Saeul

Participant: municipality

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

Schuttrange

Participant: municipality

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

Lintgen

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Pear trees, Plum trees, Nut trees

Parc Hosingen

Participant: municipality

Apple trees, Cherry trees, Nut trees

  • 0-50 trees
  • 50-200 trees
  • >200 trees
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This map shows in which municipalities private individuals, associations, businesses and/or local councils themselves participate in the “Gielt Band” campaign, and which varieties of fruit trees you can find there. It is left to each participant to decide whether and in what manner he wants to inform the public on the exact location of the fruit trees. For those that want to pick fruit this means: keep your eyes open when you’re on the move in your municipality!

 

If any municipal committees, associations or private persons are organising events around the campaign (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 (247-73516). We will be presenting them here to the public.

 

“Gielt Band” Charter applicable to fruit pickers:

  • 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.

The “Gielt Band” Charter applicable to owners of trees:

  • Trees whose fruits are available for gathering or picking must be freely accessible (they may not, for example, be surrounded by a fence needing to be climbed over).
  • The trees may not be located in a field where cattle or other livestock graze.
  • The yellow ribbon must be attached to the tree in such a way that it can easily be seen.
  • Each tree must be indicated separately by means of a yellow ribbon.
  • The yellow ribbon may be attached to the tree or removed from it at any time (before or after the fruit has ripened, or has fallen to the ground).

Legal stipulations:

In order to join in the campaign, you are required to confirm that you have the right to allow third parties to gather fruit from the land with which you are participating in the “Gielt Band” campaign. Accordingly, you must be the owner or tenant of the land on which the tree(s) or bush(es) in question are located, or authorised in some other way to enjoy and dispose of that land and of the right to gather and harvest the fruits thereof.

The State and the “Syndicat des Villes et Communes luxembourgeoises” (Syvicol) decline all responsibility in the event of any incident occurring in the context of the “Gielt Band” campaign. You are requested, in such cases, to contact your insurers and to take all necessary precautionary measures.