Peterhead awarded Fairtrade Zone status

Councillors Edie Chapman, Stuart Pratt and Anne Allan with Peterhead and Buchan Fairtrade Committee representatives Liz Strachan, Anne Milne and Maggie Low
Councillors Edie Chapman, Stuart Pratt and Anne Allan with Peterhead and Buchan Fairtrade Committee representatives Liz Strachan, Anne Milne and Maggie Low

Peterhead and Buchan has been officially named as a Fairtrade Zone following a year of successful trade and help from the local Fairtrade Committee.

Three representatives of the Fairtrade Committee, Liz Strachan, Anne Milne and Maggie Low, went along to the Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday to present Chairman, councillor Stuart Pratt with the official certificate, who received it on behalf of the people and community of Buchan.

The Fairtrade certificate

The Fairtrade certificate

Speaking at the meeting, councillor Anne Allan said: “I have proposed to give the Fairtrade Committee a Pride of Buchan Award for all their work in the area.

“They have worked very hard over the last year to renew the Fairtrade status and I know it involves lots of work including informing the Fairtrade Foundation of what they have done over the year and what they plan to do in the future.

“The committee are currently planning to give stickers to businesses in the town to display on their windows so they can let customers know that they use fairtrade products.

“They are also working on a fairtrade cookery book which will include local produce.

“I believe we have the best fishing and farming produce so put them together and you will create the best food in the world.”

Fairtrade Committee representative, Liz Strachan, said: “Recognition must go to the businesses, churches and schools who have used the products, with their help we managed to renew our fairtrade status for the next two years.

“We have planned our Fairtrade Fortnight for March next year and we are encouraging youth groups to get involved and showcase what they can do to help.”