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Lakes to become Fairtrade zone

Posted 24 March 2011
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Lakes to become Fairtrade zone
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The Lake District is to become the first national park in the UK with Fairtrade status, it has been revealed.

A meeting of the national park authority board has decided to adopt this status, which means promoting the cause and pursuing this policy with partner bodies, although many goods and services will still be sourced locally rather than from overseas.

Such a move may please those who like to go walking in the Lake District and who support the Fairtrade movement.

And visitors to national park outlets will find it only adds 0.5p on average to a cup of tea or coffee, the authority said.

Policy advisor Neil Solender said: "By being the first national park to become a Fairtrade Zone we would be helping the development of a civil society and promoting inclusion and integration."

At the launch of Fairtrade Fortnight on February 28th, the Fairtrade Foundation revealed there was a 40 per cent rise in the sales of goods containing its label in 2010.