Fruit Routes is a unique project and art installation made up of over 150 trees providing an enriched habitat for people, plants, insects and animals, as well as a location for cultural activities and outdoor learning. The project has become a great example of a Living Lab project with partnerships in the Design School, School of the Arts and Architecture Schools.
This project is funded by the University Estates & Facilities Management Service in line with the Biodiversity Action Plan and is managed by the Sustainability Manager at Loughborough University working with project founder artist Anne-Marie Culhane. The project began life as a proposal for RADAR’s Building Green season in 2010. The Fruit Routes has been recognised as an award-winning project by the Guardian Higher Education Sustainability Award in 2014, was part of the 2017 Green Gowns finalist awards and a facilitated workshop at the 2013 EAUC Conference. It was also awarded a highly commended in the Association of University Directors AUDE Reaching Higher category in 2019.
The University hosts a harvest event and annual campus apple bake off as part of this.