Market town wins another accolade

RICHMOND has been awarded Fairtrade status – as another accolade won by the Yorkshire Dales market town.

The town's residents, businesses, schools and Richmondshire District Council together met the criteria set out by the Fairtrade Foundation.

More than 400 places now have the status after meeting five criteria – including ensuring Fairtrade products are widely stocked, setting up steering committees and embarking on wide-ranging publicity campaigns.

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The status is the latest award for Richmond after it was named the best town in the UK and Ireland in 2008 in the annual contest run by the Academy of Urbanism, whose members include leading architects and designers.

The Richmond Fairtrade Forum has held numerous events and took part in the Station Food Festival to raise awareness. It also set up stalls in the Market Place to let shoppers to sample Fairtrade products.

Set up in 1992, the Foundation has helped more than 7.5m people including farmers, workers and their families in developing countries earn more through their skills to achieve better standards of living.