Hundreds attend Fruit Routes summer event and discussed global issues
More than 200 people headed to Loughborough University for the annual Fruit Routes summer event that looked at connecting local and wider issues.
The celebration draws on key themes from the award-winning Fruit Routes project – an artist-led initiative, created by Anne-Marie Culhane working with the University’s Sustainability team, which aims to develop the campus as an edible landscape and share knowledge with the wider community through engaging and creative events.
This year’s event, which took place last month, provided three days to share ideas for action towards a more sustainable life.
Attendees enjoyed moth trapping, a visit to the campus apiary, pamphlet-making, talks with academics, foraged food and much more.
There were also plenty of opportunities to discuss some of the major ecological changes faced today and share ideas on how to take action on an individual, community and institutional level.
Following the event, Jo Shields, Loughborough University Sustainability Manager, said: “Having these sorts of discussions and thoughts in such a beautiful orchard, drinking wild tea foraged from campus and eating cream and jam scones, certainly helped people open up and share!
“It was an informative and challenging few days and we really enjoyed engaging with visitors as a team to look at ways we can support positive change.”
Fruit Routes designer and curator Anne-Marie Culhane added: “The events offered spaces for dialogue around the key issues underpinning Fruit Routes and explored these through the lens of the institution, community and individual agency. It was a very rewarding three days.”