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Lake District to trade on its fairness

Posted 15 January 2013
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Lake District to trade on its fairness
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Britain may have been behind many other countries when it came to the creation of national parks, but the Lake District has jumped ahead of the rest with a world first.

It has just become the first national park on the planet to be formally declared a Fairtrade zone.

What this means is that the national park will promote the virtues of Fairtrade goods and services, encouraging visitors and residents alike to buy them and ensure the producers are given an appropriate price for their produce.

It means that while the national park remains a place where people can come with their walking boots, cameras, tents and rucksacks to enjoy the scenery and fresh air, they will also have the chance to help make the world a better place whenever they pop into the shops.

Chief executive of the national park authority 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."

He added that the status is linked to the existing Local and Fair initiative, "which also seeks to promote sustainability and the local economy by encouraging residents and visitors to buy local products in local shops where possible".

Within the national park, there are now 171 workplaces, over 140 shops and food outlets, three schools, 25 places of worship and 11 community organisations who have Fairtrade status. Seven Fairtrade communities already existed in the national park prior to the awarding of the status.

Fairtrade is not the only way businesses working in the national park may be working towards a more ethical world. The national park authority is funding the "Green Deal" day for hundreds of firms, which is organised by the Cumbria Green Business Forum and will take place at the Ambleside University Campus on January 25th. It will show the hospitality industry ways of becoming more energy efficient, through means like better insulation and energy saving measures.

Not only will this make the Lake District greener, but it could help cut bills for struggling establishments and ensure they remain open and able to go on offering accommodation to those enjoying the wonders of England's largest national park.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801522126-ADNFCR