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6 February 2012 | PR 12/19

Fruit Routes celebrates with tree planting extravaganza


Loughborough University’s Fruit Routes project is back with a new planting initiative for February 2012.

Staff, Students and local residents are invited to plant fruit trees, berries and hedgerow plants as part of the on-going Fruit Routes project, launched last October.

The Fruit Routes project, designed by artist Anne-Marie Culhane and the University’s Sustainability Team, aims to develop the University grounds as an edible and sustainable landscape. It’s supported by the University Landscape Master Plan and Loughborough Students’ Landscaping Our Society group.

Providing an enriched habitat for people, plants, insects and animals, the Fruit Routes scheme aims to leave a lasting legacy on the campus, boosting foraging opportunities for years to come.

As artist Anne-Marie Culhane explains:

“The launch of the Fruit Routes project in October was attended by a wide range of local people, staff and students from the University. We are now looking forward to planting a wide range of fruit varieties together on the campus.”

“The weekend’s activities aim to be sociable and fun as well as teaching people new skills and recognising the cultural and environmental significance of local food. There will also be a chance to become a Fruit Route friend and keep an eye on the trees over the years.”

The Fruit Routes ‘Plant and Celebrate’ event takes place 18-19 February.

Located on campus and meeting at The Shed, near Car Park 5, planting occurs between 10-3pm on both days. All are welcome to come and plant a range of fruit and nut trees and hedgerow plants, including apple, sweet chestnut, damsons, pear, blackthorn and hazel.

A map of the planting route and directions will be supplied on The Shed for those wishing to join later.

Sunday 19 February will also include a celebration to mark the planting of the first route. Starting at 3pm from The Shed, the celebration will include a walk, performance and mulled cider and apple juice. This is an open event and all are welcome.

Equipment and warm soup will be provided and volunteers are reminded to wear suitable clothes and footwear for outdoor working.

For more information, email Anne-Marie Culhane at mail@AMCULHANE.co.uk or environment@lboro.ac.uk. Or alternatively ring, 07849073394.

Places are limited, so anyone interested in attending on either or both days, should contact Anne-Marie Culhane or the environment team to ensure a guaranteed place.

Visitors are also welcome to perform at the event on Sunday, and anyone who would like to preform, read or share something as part of the route celebration can contact Anne-Marie.

More information can be found on the Fruit Routes website, www.lboro.ac.uk/fruit-routes.


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Jarrah Webster
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Loughborough University
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E: J.E.M.Webster@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 2011 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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