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even more trees

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We're still fully in our 'take your comments on board AGM week' at the minute so here's another update on how you're all constantly helping to make us a little bit better.

Last year towards the end of our Buy One Grow One Tree project we asked you all if you could think of anyway to improve the project in future. You gave us some great feedback as comments to this blog post. A lot of the comments concerned us giving you more information on where the trees are planted and the communities benefiting from the trees.

So Geoff got our man on the ground in India to have a look about with his video camera. Here's the result.

We've also made a little Google Map showing you exactly where some of the trees are planted (Thurinjapuram, India) so you can zoom right up. Don't go too fast though, it's like virtual sky diving.

You also said that you wouldn't mind it if you could add our virtual badge to FaceBook profiles as well as blogs and stuff. So we've fixed that this year too. You can now add a badge to your own page by planting a tree and then going here.

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We'll be asking for even more feed back again towards the end of this year's project don't worry, but if you have any thoughts or ideas to let us know now just add a comment to this blog post.


duck shaped

Recently we ran a competition for our family to upload pictures of funny shaped fruit/veg/crisps/cloud formations to our flickr group so as to make the days here pass a little quicker.

We started the ball rolling with this duck shaped peanut:

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All entries were then judged by Ben W (aged 22) and we're pleased to reveal that the 3 winning photos are:

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The mutant ninja carrot from outer space

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The beetroot penguin (he's the one on the left)

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And the double banana.

Congratulations to Geli b, melandjedi and eviljamr who each win a shedload of smoothies and a nice pair of innocent gloves which are shaped in the form of hands.

going camo

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The trees down the road from Fruit Towers have gone into camouflage. Can you see them?

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It's a truly wonderful thing nature.

a frosty visitor

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We had a visit from Jack earlier this week. As much as he makes it a lot harder to get out of bed in the morning he's a pretty fellow isn't he.

climbing to new heights

There was a bit in Sunday's Observer Food Monthly on our acai farmers in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Photos by courtesy of Gary Calton/ eyevine. Great shot Gary, thanks.

All of the acai berries that we use in our smoothies are grown sustainably from palms native to the Amazon estuary. These palms only grow within 25 yards of the Amazon in the mineral-rich tidal wetlands, meaning that they're naturally irrigated twice a day. What's more, our acai supplier is certified as organic, and is working with the acai collectors to preserve biodiversity, address social issues such as adequate nutrition and develop other sustainable local industries, such as making jewellery made from acai seeds.

The acai berries are collected by scaling the acai tree using hemp tape looped around the climber's ankles to give a good grip.

It's easier said than done though, as Rich found out.

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"Just crop the photo below my feet and it will look like I nearly got to the top."

The berries are then threshed from the branch, and placed in baskets for transportation.

If you fancy trying a whole 35 of these hand picked, antioxidant rich acai berries from the banks of the world's biggest river, then why not have a go on our detox superfoods smoothie.