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9 Apr 2019

Follow the Fruit Routes for May Day

Join the Fruit Routes team in celebrating the arrival of Summer for two days of special summer-themed events during the first week of term.

The Fruit Routes programme is designed around celebrating, raising awareness, observing, accommodating and responding to the wider natural world and the needs of the more-than-human communities on campus.

May Day used to be celebrated with Morris dancing, a maypole and the crowning of a May Queen. It used to be the official acknowledgement of spring blossom but weather patterns are changing. May 1st is still International Workers’ Day and to celebrate renewal we are inviting university workers, students and staff and members of the public to come and be renewed by participating in the different Fruit Routes events.

There is loads on offer from just taking time out with a blanket and sitting under the trees as part of our own version of  “ohanami” (Japanese flower viewing) to moth trapping late into the night.  You could try out drawing or weaving in the orchard. We will be finding out more about how architecture can provide habitat for wildlife and be inspired by nature and we will learn how insects are  responding and adapting to the pressures of climate warming and shrinking habitats. We will also be reflecting on our relationship to the natural world, what we value and what we want to change .  Many of these activites are drop-in and all are free.

The events shall be taking place on Wednesday 1st May and Thursday 2nd May. For further details, and a complete schedule of the days events, visit the Fruit Routes site here: