Skye named a Fairtrade island

Four years after the Isle of Skye Fairtrade Group was established, the island has been officially accredited with Fairtrade status.

Now that enough businesses, schools and churches use and promote Fairtrade products, the Fairtrade Foundation last month recognised local efforts which built on campaigns launched by groups in Broadford and Dunvegan.

Eynort-based Martin Bird, chairman of the Skye committee, said last month’s award was a tribute to Dave Rogers, the former chairman of the Broadford Fairtrade Group who died in 2010.

“The Isle of Skye is now officially a Fairtrade Island, so well done to everyone who has been involved,” he added.

Skye Fairtrade members Lin and Martin Bird, Trish Rogers and Peter Roberts celebrate the accrediation

Skye Fairtrade members Martin and Lin Bird, Trish Rogers and Peter Roberts celebrate

“Without all the helpers and supporters this would not have been possible. Now the work starts to let everyone know and to have a really good celebration of this remarkable achievement, and to build on local support for Fairtrade to enable us to renew our application in a year’s time.”

Mr Bird added: “We need other people to assist us going forward, to help in running events and promoting Fairtrade.”

Fairtrade products are about providing better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries.