Thoughts from June 2010

a shed, some veg and lots of busy bees

It's not all spreadsheets and calculators in the merry land of innocent finance.

Last week, the whole Finance team spent a day at Kew Riverside Primary School helping the children to build an allotment on the school field so that they can grow their own veg and maybe some bee friendly flowers. Next thing you know they'll be putting the veg in pots (that rings a bell).

This feels like hard work

But it wasn't all gardening. We also did a spot of shed building too with Rob and Lynne (crowned master shed builders).

We thought the shed would be handy for storing all the gardening tools but the children thought it was more useful for a sneaky game of 'How many people can you fit in a shed at one time without it falling over?'. If anyone is interested the record so far is 10.

The cheeky shed

And with the help of lots of little hands (sorry about the paint on their school uniforms) we transformed a plain old boring white wall...

Told you that it was a boring white wall

... into a beautiful mural that the children designed.

Budding artists

That's Roberta in the red T shirt. She's in the Finance team and not a pupil in case anyone was unsure.

We figure friendly finance folk couldn't have done any of this without the amazing help of Gareth Miller from the Open Living Company and Paul Munckenbeck from M&S Power Hire. They both donated their time, expertise and lots of materials to our little project at no cost.

They kept us on track on the day and rallied their suppliers to help as well.

Big thanks also go to John at Brewers for the paint, everyone at Alsfords for the timber and Nick from Motive8 for putting us in touch with Gareth.

Here's Gareth and Paul looking tired but happy after a hard day's work. They aren't used to grafting.

Gareth and Paul

Paul even let Lou B (aka The Stig) have a go on his digger.

Lou in the digger

Thanks to Debbie and everyone at Kew Riverside Primary School. Maybe you could all drop in to see us at Fruit Towers one day?

The grassy van was a big hit

We'll send a grassy van round to pick you up.

auntie can help

Seeing as it's Recycle Week, the people at Recycle Now have enlisted the extra special help of their Recycling Agony Aunt to help with any electrical dumping issues you might be having.


If things have gone off the boil with your old kettle or it's over (finally) with your Sega megadrive, then Aunty can offer you a word to the wise. Just click here to ask her advice.

When it comes to recycling the packaging form our products, we're doing OK overall. If you're not sure on how to recycle each product, then take a look here.

In terms of our veg pots which currently aren't widely recyclable, you can look here for a small update, fresh from the clever folk at WRAP. Or maybe fill it with jelly for your very own jelly Mould 'n' Hold (TM pending).

Recycle Week

Hello. This week is Recycle Week. Recycle Week is an awareness campaign designed to boost national recycling rates in the UK, brought to you by the lovely people at WRAP and we've brought back our recycle dude to show our support. You may have spotted him on bottles of our mangoes & passion fruits, strawberries & bananas and our apples, kiwis & limes smoothies this month.

Recycle mango

We work quite closely with WRAP on a number of initiatives to reduce our packaging and waste impacts, so we jumped at the chance to support them during Recycle Week. We also wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that our bottles are made out of 100% post consumer recycled plastic, so we need you to keep recycling so that we can make more of them.

We will be posting Recyle Week blog posts throughout the week, but if you want a bit more info in the meantime check out this page.

ed's cows

You might remember last year that Jim won the innocent scholarship (where you can apply for £1000 to do anything you want provided it's not illegal, cosmetic or dodgy) to recreate Michael Jackson's Thriller in the car park.

Well, the latest person to win the scholarship is Ed G.

He's not off to climb a mountain or bust some moves in tight red denim (mainly because he does the latter anyway).

Instead, he used his scholarship to help restart the suckler herd on his dad's farm.


Ed's family have been farming for five generations ever since his great great granddad, George, took on the farm.


Ed's parents still live on the farm and Ed's dad, Alan, still sleeps in the same room he was born in.

However, eight years ago, Ed's family had to sell the herd.

But now Ed and his dad are restarting it.

Last week, Ed went and bought a fine Hereford cow to add to the other eight cows they're bought for the new herd.

Here's the invoice to prove he didn't blow it all down the geegees

The invoice

And here's the photographic proof to back up the invoice.

Ed's cows

However, the Scholarship Cow and her friends have yet to be named.

So if you have a moment of bovine brilliance when it comes to cow's names and fancy winning yourself a crate of thickies, just post your name below and the best ones will get to christen a cow and win some yoghurty goodness.

As a headband wearing turtle once said, 'Cowabunga'.

(or in non hero-in-a-half-shell terms, good luck)

word up

Ever wondered how many times you have to say a word before it becomes official?

At what point does it move from the unstable stage (playground parlance) to the diffused stage (everyone in Cool Town saying it) through to stable (getting in the dictionary) before hitting passe (your dad)?


Well, we want to find out. Just tell us your new word and what it means by posting it as a comment below.

We'll pick our favourite and try to use it as much as possible on our labels, website and right here on this blog.

The creator of the new word will not only win themselves a case of our finest drinks but maybe even bagsy a spot in the dictionary. If we use it enough.

Rules are it can't be rude, it can't be offensive and it can't be rubbish.


We'll pick the winner at the end of the summer, so plenty of time to get creating.

Good luck.