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15 Oct 2013

Eat Your Campus this harvest time

Staff, Students and the local community are being invited to ‘Eat Your Campus’ later this month with  two days of events to celebrate and enjoy the benefits of the University’s Fruit Route and the harvest season.

The Fruit Route project was launched by the University in 2011.  It was designed to take advantage of the abundance of fruit trees on the campus.  A foraging walk has been established and each year a variety of activities are held to explain how edible fruit can be identified and how harvested fruit can be used to make drinks and other products.

The University’s sustainability team have joined forces with the Student Union’s Landscaping and Gardening Society to offer the latest in the programme of events, which are free of charge.

On Friday 25 October the programme will kick off in the afternoon with fruit picking and apple pressing with Transition Loughborough.    

On Saturday 26 October the activities will start with a guided lunchtime walk around the Fruit Route to find out about wild food in the autumn.  This will be followed by lunch and an afternoon of activities including pumpkin carving, lantern making, apple pressing and chutney making.  The day will conclude with an evening of music, food and a bonfire.

Jo Shields, Sustainability Manager at the University, comments:  “We would be delighted to welcome people to our Eat Your Campus events.  Those who come along are welcome to bring their own containers so that they can take home some apple juice or harvested fruit.  We hope they will be able to share ideas for cooking and preserving the produce of campus.”

For more information about how to join in, the timing of activities and where to meet email: environment@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 07849 073394

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Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 13/192

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and in recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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