Artist wants the fruit of your labours

LeftCoast launches its new season of activities and evemts.  Pictured is Kerenza McClarnan
LeftCoast launches its new season of activities and evemts. Pictured is Kerenza McClarnan
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Artist Philip Parr is calling on residents to take their pick, from apple trees baring free fruit in the community.

Philip is working with LeftCoast to discover The Lost Orchards of the LeftCoast – and needs residents’ help to uncover and harvest the trees.

The produce collected will then be used to make jams and chutneys for sampling during the Banquet event on Saturday, October 24 at the Winter Gardens.

Banquet is a celebration of all things food and the fun of eating together. The event is being created by artist-led projects in communities, with everything from the table cloth to the plates and bowls that will be used on the day being made specially. Philip is also keen to hear from anyone who would like to take part in the picking of fruit or who knows of fruit bearing trees in their area which can be harvested and their stories about them.

He said: “‘You won’t find any apple trees in Blackpool’ I was told. Little did they know. Walking around Layton and Mereside I must have seen and been shown easily 120 trees.

“It’s going to be a very good year. And what’s really exciting is that almost everyone has a plan for their apples – cooking with them, and sharing with neighbours. Growing and nurturing food seems to be a real hidden strength in Blackpool people.”

Kerenza McClarnan (pictured), creative engagement manager at LeftCoast, said: “What has been great about this project is the stories that people have told about their memories of scrumping for apples and gathering other fruit. The map that Philip is creating is going to be a great resource for people to reignite that tradition.”

To take part email info@leftcoast.org.uk or call (01253) 477973 and speak to Amy.