Thoughts from author: Kat at innocent

grand opening


The population of Fruit Towers has been growing quietly but steadily for a while now. So it was time to get in some more desks and a few extra beanbags. And after months of anticipation, the red ribbon was cut on Monday, opening a whole new wing ('wing' might be pushing it a bit) on the southern end of the building. We even had some yoghurt treats to celebrate. That's how wild things get around here.


To celebrate the opening of the new South Wing, we asked Jenny a few questions. She was the project manager of the whole building thing and is the person who basically keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine.

How long has it taken to do up unit 6 (aka the South Wing)?
We moved in there on 11th August so it has taken just over 3 months to do.

How many new desks does it have?
30 new desks

How many metres of astroturf did it take?
204sq/m to be precise...and lots of daisies

Who supplied the nice yoghurt stuff?
Momafoods. Tom and Amy set up Moma on February 24th of this year.

Any weird and wonderful facts about Ian the builder?
No, he is just brilliant. Although his wife did get really angry with him when he was working late here one day and missed his delicious dinner of lamb shanks.


Lou and Viv used to have nothing but some white bricks to gaze at during low points in the afternoon. Now they have a beautiful view. Lucky things.

mmmm cakes...


Last week we had a rather nice delivery of personalised cakes. Amelia Fletcher from Bournemouth University brought in a mini cake each for everyone at Fruit Towers. They even had nametags on them so no one was left out. Thanks Amelia.

all about the apples

As we're smack in the middle of the apple harvest, we've been trying loads of different varieties to pick the best for our smoothies. We had some from Germany and some from the UK and we've whittled it down to our favourite 11 - there's still a way to go.


Lucy E (far right below), our chief apple taster, says that each variety has really different characteristics. The Bramley is very acidic (makes your mouth water apparently), the Cox is very sweet with hints of nuts and honey and the Russet is "really, really brown in colour, but gosh, it reminds you of an English country garden". Knows her stuff does Lucy.


Apples3 "how do you like them apples Penny?".