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Fairtrade Keighley creates fairandfunky Fairtrade Orchard

Keighley is the latest town in Yorkshire working to achieve Fairtrade Town status. This comes after Yorkshire was declared the very first Fairtrade Region earlier this year. Read our blog about that here!


Involving schools is key to a successful application for Fairtrade Town Status so fairandfunky were invited to join in and deliver our interactive creative workshops in schools across Keighley to create 5 Fairtrade trees!


In true fairandfunky style we will be using recycled and reusable materials to create the orchard and a visit to the wonder that is SCRAP is imminent. To collect together a multitude of marvellous junk to make trees and their fruits: lemons, olives, bananas, coffee and cocoa!


We are also working with A Small World in Keighley and this is where the project begins: on Saturday May 4th we will be at Small World where members of the community are invited to join in a fairandfunky workshop: creating the bases of the 6 trees from recycled materials! All ages are invited to drop in and get creative from 1:30pm – 4pm.


Small World, based at 20 Russell Street, provides grass roots, participatory arts; bringing communities together through a variety of inclusive projects with young people from all over Keighley.


During the schools workshops, fairandfunky will lead interactive discussions on Fairtrade issues and celebrate the work done by The Fairtrade Foundation to get a wide variety of Fairtrade products across the UK.  All our workshops encourage people to think about the world around them and empower participants to take their own steps to change the world. We are delighted to be part of this project and help Fairtrade Keighley achieve Fairtrade status.


“This project will connect schools and businesses to Fairtrade,” said Richard Dillon, chair of the Fairtrade Keighley Steering Group, “It will showcase the commitment of Keighley to Fairtrade and enable us all to make positive actions right on our doorstep.”


The workshops have been made possible thanks to funding from the West Yorkshire Co-operative Area Committee; and the Keighley Town Council Oak Fund.



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