Celebrations as South Glos keep its Fairtrade status

Pupils from Christ Church C of E Junior School in Downend celebrate the Fairtrade news with school cook Di Warren, Cllr Ian Boulton, Fairtrade coordinator for South Glos Lydia Nash, Jonathan Seagrave, from the Fairtrade Foundation, and headteacher Alex Wilkinson

Pupils from Christ Church C of E Junior School in Downend celebrate the Fairtrade news with school cook Di Warren, Cllr Ian Boulton, Fairtrade coordinator for South Glos Lydia Nash, Jonathan Seagrave, from the Fairtrade Foundation, and headteacher Alex Wilkinson

 

Schoolchildren in Downend today helped celebrate the news that South Gloucestershire has retained its coveted Fairtrade status.

The pupils at Christchurch C of E Junior School in Pendennis Road hosted a Fairtrade honey tasting session.

Cllr Ian Boulton, the chair of the council, who was at today’s event, said: “This is a terrific achievement for everyone involved in driving this work forward in South Gloucestershire. There are strict goals set by Fairtrade to achieve and maintain this status and the efforts of everyone in South Gloucestershire have meant we have excelled in meeting these challenging targets.”

The council has worked alongside community organisations, businesses, schools and individuals to support and promote the Fairtrade Mark and has shown its commitment by selling Fairtrade products in its canteen.

A number of activities have been organised over the past two years including a visit from a Fairtrade producer from Nicaragua. More than 4,000 school pupils in the district have learnt about Fairtrade products, including the production of honey and sesame seeds, which provide a vital source of income for local communities in Nicaragua.

Anna Misterska, from the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “It is truly wonderful to learn how different community groups of all ages are all championing the Fairtrade movement in South Gloucestershire.”

Find out where you can buy fairly traded goods locally at www.fairtradesouthwest.org.uk/