Fruit Routes at Loughborough University
I’m very excited about the Fruit Routes Project at Loughborough University, where I work. The first Fruit Route has been mapped, based on a survey of existing fruit trees, hedging and shrubs. Earlier this week there were guided tours. This sketch map from the flyer shows the span of the fruit route but actually most of the route is tucked away from the road. This means the fruit and berries are not contaminated by traffic fumes and people can only harvest as much as they can carry.
The initial idea behind this project was to make more of the fruit and berries that already grow on campus. Year after year lots of fruit and berries fall to the ground and rot. This is partly because some of the fruit can only be reached with a ladder, and partly because people don’t know it’s there.
I enjoyed the tour and the apple juice on offer at the end of it. It was very interesting to see the range of fruit and berries and other edible foods available on campus. There are even cherries in the summer. At this time of year there are lots of berries, and plenty of apples.
The next stage of the project is to plant new fruit trees and shrubs, including raspberries and almonds. I look forward to being able to pick raspberries, but the almonds will probably take years to appear.