Artist Anne-Marie Culhane's Fruit Routes project at Loughborough University is back with a new planting initiative for February 2012. Staff, Students and local residents are invited to plant fruit trees, berries and hedgerow plants as part of Culhane's on-going Fruit Routes work, launched last October.
Fruit Routes sees artist Anne-Marie working University’s Sustainability Team, to develop the University grounds as an edible and sustainable landscape. It’s supported by the University Landscape Master Plan and Loughborough Students’ Landscaping Our Society group.
Speaking about Fruit Routes Anne-Marie said:
“The launch of the Fruit Routes project in October was attended by a wide range of local people, staff and students from the University. We are now looking forward to planting a wide range of fruit varieties together on the campus.”
“The weekend’s activities aim to be sociable and fun as well as teaching people new skills and recognising the cultural and environmental significance of local food. There will also be a chance to become a Fruit Route friend and keep an eye on the trees over the years.”
Fruit Routes will provide habitat for people, plants, insects and animals, the Fruit Routes scheme aims to leave a lasting legacy on the campus, boosting foraging opportunities for years to come.The work is a good example of how artistic thought and action can engage with social and environmental issues and act as change agent at a personal, community, local and global levels.
Anne-Marie Culhane has been named by The Observer and NESTA as one of their 50 New Radicals. Fruit Routes sees this radicalism in action as Culhane brings other artists to work collaboratively with her in delivering the work at ground level. Artists working with Culhane on Fruit Routes include Mirriam Keye, Bob Levene, Gillian Whitely, Jo Salter and Paul Conneally.
The Fruit Routes ‘Plant and Celebrate’ event takes place 18-19 February. Located on campus and meeting at The Shed, near Car Park 5, planting occurs between 10-3pm on both days. All are welcome to come and plant a range of fruit and nut trees and hedgerow plants, including apple, sweet chestnut, damsons, pear, blackthorn and hazel.
A map of the planting route and directions will be supplied on The Shed for those wishing to join later.
Sunday 19 February will also include a celebration to mark the planting of the first route. Starting at 3pm from The Shed, the celebration will include a walk, performance and mulled cider and apple juice. This is an open event and all are welcome.