Alford group gears up for fairtrade

FAIRTRADE: Members of the Steering Group at a Fairtrade stall in Alford's Co-op.
FAIRTRADE: Members of the Steering Group at a Fairtrade stall in Alford's Co-op.

Alford Fairtrade Steering group have been putting in a little extra effort in the run up to their application to give the town the coveted “Fairtrade Town” status.

The group has been holding various events promoting Fairtrade in the town recently, including a dedicated Fairtrade stall in their local Co-op branch and a publicity event in Howe Trinity Church.

The Steering Group, with the help of COGG (Alford Academy and Primary Citizens of the Globe Group) have also carried out a survey of local businesses to find out about their use of fairtrade commodities.

The Steering Group plan to submit an application for fairtrade status before the end of the year with the results expected early in the 2013.

If successful Alford will join other ‘shire towns: Ellon, Huntly and Inveruire, along with Aberdeen city itself in the distinction.

Aberdeenshire Council passed a resolution in 2009 stating its objective of making the whole of Aberdeenshire a ‘Fairtrade Zone’ eventually.

Jackie Ross, the chair of the steering group, says she will be “delighted” if the application is a success: “I’ll be absolutely delighted.

There aren’t many fairtrade towns in Aberdeenshire so I think it would be a great distinction for ALford.”