Fair­trade zone sta­tus de­light

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Sharon Lip­trott

Dum­fries and Gal­loway has achieved cov­eted Fair­trade zone sta­tus.

It fol­lows Dum­fries be­com­ing a Fair­trade Town and Dun­score a des­ig­nated vil­lage in re­cent years and marks a huge ef­fort by food trade groups across the re­gion.

They had to show that the re­gion has made a com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing Fair­trade and us­ing its prod­ucts which help farm­ers and work­ers in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

The achieve­ment was marked at the an­nual Fairer World Fair or­gan­ised by the Dum­fries branch of the char­ity on Satur­day in St Ge­orge’s Church Hall.

The high­light of the day was cut­ting a cake at noon cre­ated by An­nette Need of An­nette’s Bak­ing in a Box who is cur­rently fea­tur­ing on Chan­nel 4’s My Kitchen Rules UK.

Rose­mary Buw­ert, chair­man of the Dum­fries group, said: “We were re­ally de­lighted to be part of the cel­e­bra­tion as many folk across the re­gion have worked hard to en­able Dum­fries and Gal­loway to achieve Fair­trade zone sta­tus.

“The an­nual Fairer World Fair pro­vided a show­case for many of the prod­ucts that are avail­able lo­cally, and we also love to sup­port lo­cal food pro­duc­ers and busi­nesses, so it was great to have An­nette’s Bak­ing in a Box as part of the day.”

Visi­tors to the event had the chance to see and buy a wide range of Fair­trade goods.

Other stalls sold fairly traded cos­met­ics and a range of prod­ucts from Ox­fam.

There were also re­fresh­ments, a dis­play about the work of WaterAid and in­for­ma­tion about the cam­paign for pro­mot­ing Fair­trade in the re­gion and across Scot­land.

Cud­dly toys Jill Howard Fes­tive goods Mary Zwa­nen­berg at her stall sell­ing Christ­mas cards Tasty treats Lucy Dono­van with jams and other Fair­trade pro­duce Wa­ter Aid’s Paul Hyles Goods for sale John and Mar­ion Glover at one of the stalls Cof­fee to go Rose­mary Buw­ert with Traid­craft items

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