Lakes Parish

Chair: Kath Houghton
Secretary: Barrie Wendt
Local Information

Lakes Parish lies in the heart of the southern Lake District, and comprises the communities of Ambleside, Grasmere, Troutbeck, Rydal and Langdale. Some local shops, cafés and B&B's have been providing Fairtrade products to their customers for several years, and local churches have also been promoting Fairtrade.


An informal group was set up in July 2003 to raise awareness of Fairtrade in the wider community, and the Ambleside Fairtrade Group was formally constituted in February 2004. The Fairtrade campaign was launched at a Fairtrade Day at the University College of St. Martin in March 2004, when local businesses and individuals were able to find out more about Fairtrade from displays, talks and stands set up by Fairtrade wholesalers.

The Group has run a successful Fairtrade stall at the Market Cross in Ambleside each year at the switch-on of Ambleside Christmas lights in November. Our first Fairtrade Directory was published in 2005.

Lakes Parish was awarded the status of Fairtrade Zone in April 2005, and the achievement was celebrated with a Fairtrade Cruise on Windermere, when certificates were presented to Lakes Parish and to Windermere & Bowness