Penrith and Eden
- Nicola Vecqueray
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The Eden Valley and Fairtrade
We are a Fairtrade zone, and have been since 2006. We have an active Fairtrade Group and we mostly meet in Penrith, at the Bluebell Bookshop, or other venues such as cafes and shops which are in our guide.
There are over 100 outlets selling or using Fairtrade products in the Eden Valley. It is difficult to keep our Fairtrade guide up to date as so many places now use Fairtrade goods, but we try to update the guide regularly. It is available from tourist information centres and online.
Latest news fror 2013
Great fun was had running a Fairtrade cafe at the top of Mousthwaite Comb on Scales Fell on the eastern side of Blencathra during Fairtrade Fortnight. Bit of a chilly time of the year February, but we still had many customers!
High Heskett primary school, just north of Penrith, has done loads of exciting events and activities to promote Fairtrade in the Eden Valley over the last few years. The school is one of the Eden Valley's first Fairtrade Schools and every Fairtrade Fortnight is celebrated in style. They have even helped run an INSET day for teachers by showing groups what they have been up to, and encouraging others to do the same.
When visiting Alston in the north of the Eden Valley, do pop in to Alston Wholefoods, a great shop, and a long term supporter of Fairtrade and local produce. In that neck of the woods, or rather Pennines, you will also find Eden's only Fairtrade pub in Nenthead.