Fruit Routes - ongoing

In 2010 I was invited to propose a project for the Building Green arts programme, a series of works curated by RADAR, Loughborough University (L.U.). My vision was to develop focused areas of fruit and nut tree planting along walking and cycle routes across the University Campus and to nurture a local fruit, foraging and harvesting culture at the University - to make an edible campus.

This project was funded by the University, as part of their Master Plan and Biodiversity Action Plan the following year and started with a residency in October 2011, where I mapped, harvested and shared some of the existing fruit growing across campus (currently unharvested) and introduced students, staff and local residents to on-site foraging. The residency included a site- specific installation, a feast, apple pressing, interdisciplinary walks and talks. The next stage in February 2012 was to plant the first route with students, staff and the local community. This included a wide range of fruits (pear, plum, quince, medlar, mulberry, damson, apple) nuts, berries and hedgerow plants. Variety choices are made in response to the changing climate. We celebrated the planting with a performance event along the route. Further creative events, walks and workshops take place each year inhabiting and marking the route through the seasons. Different university departments engage with the route for teaching and research. The first route was completed in 2015 with a total of 150 trees and several hundred whips.

This is a long-term project supported by the Sustainability Team at L.U. and the School of the Arts. In 2014 Fruit Routes/Eat Your Campus won the Sustainable Project - Guardian University Award 2014. More details and images on the project blog.  The Fruit Routes map (version 2) can be viewed here.

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