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Loughborough University gets fruity with new sustainability project

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L-R University Sustainability Manager Jo Hasbury, Artist Anne-Marie Culhane, project assistant Miriam Kaye, student Pawas Bisht (front).

An exciting new project looking to take advantage of the abundance of fruit trees on the Loughborough University campus launches this month.

The Fruit Routes project, which aims to deliver a comprehensive map of the fruit trees and plants across campus to create a foraging walk for staff, students and the local community, kicks off with a three-day event from 10-12 October.

The on-going project will involve a variety of events and activities designed to showcase the Fruit Route, explain how to identify edible fruit and show how harvested fruit can be used to make fruit drinks and other products.

Initial mapping of the Fruit Route started from the beginning of September to establish what fruit and forage plants are already on the first designated route.

The project has been developed by the University’s Sustainability Team, Loughborough Students Landscaping Our Society group and artist Anne-Marie Culhane.

In addition to mapping the current foraging and fruit vegetation at the University, the Fruit Routes project will also plant over 100 fruit trees in the New Year to enrich the biodiversity of campus and boost the foraging opportunities in the years to come, leaving a lasting legacy for the campus.

Fruit Routes is supported by the University Landscape Master Plan and reinforces the University’s Biodiversity Action Plan, which aims to improve the variety of life and habitat areas on campus and the surrounding area, bringing benefits and enhancing the quality of life for staff and students, the local community and future generations.

The launch event takes place from October 10-12 at ‘The Shed’, located at the rear of car park five on campus. Staff, students and local residents are welcome to attend between 12-5pm, but booking is essential.

Special activities include:

10/11/12 October  1.00pm   Fruit Route walk to identify edible plants
10 October           3.00pm   Fruit Route walk and discussion with artists/forager
11 October           4.30pm   Fruit drinks demonstration and tasting

Recipes and ideas will also be shared for cooking, preserving and pickling throughout the launch. Those attending are welcome to bring their own containers and use the press to generate juice for free.

The event is free but places are limited so for more information and to book a place email environment@lboro.ac.uk or Anne-Marie Culhane at mail@AMCULHANE.co.uk. Alternatively call 07849 073 394.

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Amanda Overend
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Loughborough University
T: 01509 222239
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

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. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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