Attractions at apple festival ap-peel to all!

The humble apple was the focus of a day of celebrations at Devonport’s Guildhall yesterday for the 8th annual Allways Apples Festival.

As well as tasting apples and apple products, visitors were also able to try out different apple-themed activities.

Organisers Allways Apples brought along its apple press to make fresh apple juice but the highlight of the day was the smoothie bike.

The bike is one of two owned by Plymotion, which encourages people to find greener ways of travel in the city.

The eye-catching static pedal bike has been modified to fit a blender on the rear. When someone climbs aboard and starts cycling, it starts up the blender.

Andy Thomson, Plymotion’s Business Lead for Workplace Engagement, said: “It’s a fun way of getting people to think about how they get about.

“It’s great fun – it really engages children. It might even encourage people to take up cycling.

“We have two bikes available for hire for workplace or community events.”

We were a sponsor of the event and also had two stalls. We had a general information stand about our services where Communities team staff did bag painting with children.

Members of our Housing Management team were in the hall’s cells to show off the work we’ve been doing to rejuvenate the green space around the Mount Wise Towers.

We presented a short film and slide show about the progress made over the last few months.

We’ve worked closely with Dig for Devonport, Devonport Roots and residents and the wider community on consultation and planting events and come up with future plans.

Landscape architect Hazel Wooding, who has been involved with the work, said: “It’s been great to encourage wildlife. It’s been a real journey.

 “There’s been community involvement from the towers and surrounding areas. It’s all about bringing people together.”

We’ll be planting spring bulbs on Wednesday 1 November at the towers. We’ll be at Lynher House at 1pm, Tamar House at 2pm and Tavy House at 3pm. Refreshments will be provided in the community room at Tavy House from 4-4.30pm. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Tess Wilmot, of Allways Apples said this year’s festival had been a success. She said: “It’s a celebration of everything to do with the humble apple and all the ways you can use them.”