The Fruit Routes Harvest Events in 2013 brought Fruit Routes together with the Landscaping and Gardening Society at the University under the title 'Eat Your Campus'.
Fruit Routes is an artist led initiative created by Anne-Marie Culhane working with the Sustainability Team at Loughborough University. Fruit Routes started in 2011 as an invited proposal to RADAR (Loughborough University Arts). It was then passed on to the wider University. Fruit Routes aims to develop the university grounds as an edible landscape anchored around fruit tree planting, increasing the foraging opportunities on campus and sharing knowledge with the university and wider community through creative events, participation and mapping.
At the 2013 Harvest gathering, participants were invited to help harvest the fruit trees on campus and take fruit home. An afternoon of apple pressing took place using Transition Loughborough's Apple Press, a Fruit Routes walk, a chance to find out about the project over soup and bread, chutney making and harvest celebration and party were all part of a fantastic community event.
Food shared, a roaring bonfire and music from 'gypsy' folk band Solana from Spain created a wonderful atmosphere to celebrate the campus grown bounties of nature!