Award marks another Lake District ‘first’
Published on: 14 Jan 2013
Britain’s iconic Lake District has become the world’s first national park to be designated a Fairtrade zone.
The prestigious award from the Fairtrade Foundation paves the way for the park to promote the Fairtrade message to millions of people worldwide through its global reputation.
LDNPA Chief Executive, Richard Leafe said: “We are absolutely delighted that our application for Fairtrade Zone status has been successful – it’s a tribute to the hard work of many campaigners and volunteers over the years.”
Fairtrade Zone status recognises the support for Fairtrade already demonstrated in the Lake District by its seven existing Fairtrade communities.
In addition, 171 workplaces, three schools, 25 places of worship and 11 other community organisations all have Fairtrade status. And over 140 shops and catering outlets throughout the area supply Fairtrade goods.
Richard added: “The work doesn’t stop here – this is just a milestone in a growing movement which makes a tangible difference to the lives of many people in developing countries. And we are keen to emphasise that this is part of a wider ‘Local and Fair’ initiative which also seeks to promote sustainability and the local economy by encouraging resident