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Lake District celebrates becoming first Fairtrade national park zone

THE Lake District – the world’s first Fairtrade national park zone - has taken a lead in highlighting the Fairtrade movement.

As a precursor to the Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place between February 24 and March 9, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole hosted a special event on Saturday aimed at showcasing its commitment to the cause.

Locals and visitors were taken on a treasure hunt where clues helped develop an understanding of Fairtrade and revealed how the centre supports its products and ethos across the board.

Head of the Lake District’s Local and Fair steering committee Martin Sleath explained it was a perfect opportunity to share the movement’s work and encourage others to follow suit.

He said: “From food in our café to chocolate and sweets in the shop, our goal is to support our resident food and farming producers, and Fairtrade for all non-local products.

“Sharing what we think and do is a crucial part of the exercise and the aim is to persuade others to be more sustainable and ethical in their shopping and eating habits.

“It’s heartening to see the steady growth in interest, helped by lots of these small events. Behind initiatives like our quiz and hamper draw we have seen Fairtrade go from a minority interest to a brand trusted by 89 per cent of the UK population.”

For more information on how the Lake District supports Fairtrade go to www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/projects/fairtrade

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