Fruit Routes project returns to campus!

Loughborough University’s Fruit Routes summer project is back with a fun filled set of events for everyone.

All staff, students and members of the local community are invited to enjoy a range of free activities taking place on campus on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June.

This year’s project focuses on bees and includes a collaborative poetry writing workshop for the first time ever.

Fruit Routes kickstarts at 12pm on Friday 10 June, with a visit to the Barefoot Orchard for refreshing wild cordial.

Following this is the ‘Fruit Routes Renga’ workshop run by local poet Little Onion (Paul Conneally) and lecturer in Creative Writing at Loughborough University Dr Kerry Featherstone. A Renga is a 1000 year old Japanese form of collaborative non-narrative poetry made up of a series of short linked verses. Over four hours participants will experience the rhythm of writing, reading, listening, the silence and sound that is known as ‘renga’. This experience is suitable for beginners and experienced writers.

A visit to the bees at the Campus apiary will take place from 1:30 – 2:30pm from the Barefoot Orchard, opposite Pilkington Library.  Shortly after at 4:15pm, wild tea, scones and a reading from the renga will take place.

On Saturday 11 June, a morning walk along the Fruit Route and brunch will take place from 10am – 12pm, with a short overview of this award-winning orchard project.

Fruit Routes is an ongoing project on Loughborough University’s campus and is run to bring people together around food, harvesting, foraging and the natural world. The initiative is run by the Sustainability Manager at Loughborough University Jo Shields and Fruit Routes founder Anne Marie-Culhane.

Jo Shields comments: “We are thrilled to see the return of Fruit Route to campus for another year. This year is especially exciting as we run the creative Renga workshop for the first time. We hope to see a great turn out of people.”

*All events are free to attend. The bee visit/University apiary information tour will require booking via email. Please email or call 07849 073394

The Fruit Routes Renga requires booking due to limited availability. Please visit and type in ‘Fruit Routes Renga’.

This is part of a weekend celebrating gardens, growing and creativity in Loughborough which links to the National Gardens Scheme. For other events, visit:

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