Lichfield wins national Fairtrade Award

Mon, 17/10/2011 - 17:18

Lichfield has been declared one of the UK’s ‘top ten’ Fairtrade Towns for 2011!  The announcement was made at the national Fairtrade Conference held at Aston University in Birmingham on Saturday 15 October.  A group of five Fairtrade Lichfield supporters - including the Chair, Cllr Ian Jackson, and the new Campaigns Coordinator, Tracy Potts – received an award of £500 for our Fairtrade Fortnight Campaign in March this year. The ten awards were sponsored by The Co-operative Group.

The award to Lichfield was given in recognition of the creativity shown by our local college students in making a giant ‘relief sculpture’ of the Fairtrade Mark from over 300 Fairtrade City spoons specially commissioned by local company, Arthur Price.  The spoons sculpture can be now seen on permanent display in the first floor bar at the Lichfield Garrick.

Michael Hawkes from Lichfield’s Fairtrade movement commented:

“This award is a tribute to the wide range of support for Fairtrade amongst our local supermarkets, cafes, schools and other community groups. The efforts of our local South Staffs College students and staff in creating the Fairtrade City spoons sculpture is a sign of our young people’s commitment to a more just and sustainable world in the future.  It also shows how creative our young people can be when inspired by a vision of a better world.  Fairtrade is a new approach towards trade, based on justice and partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade means we pay a fair price to the growers for what we buy.  Lichfield citizens can take pride in the national award we have received this year!”