Fairtrade work highlighted in new Angus county boundary signage

Fairtrade sign
Fairtrade sign

Work done across Angus to promote FairTrade has been highlighted with the erection of new signage on county boundaries and A-class roads.

Brechin was awarded the status of a Fairtrade City in 2011, following a two year campaign, for the area covering Edzell, Glenesk and Glen Lethnot as well as Brechin itself.

The City regained its Fairtrade status in May of this year thanks to the efforts of the Brechin Fairtrade Group and pupils and staff at Brechin High School.

For almost a decade Angus has been furthering the Fairtrade cause, encouraging support for Fairtrade through the wider community and local businesses.

Since 2008 Montrose, Arbroath, Carnoustie, Brechin and Forfar have achieved Fairtrade status and Angus has been recognised as a Fairtrade Zone.

To highlight the work being done across the county to promote Fairtrade, new signage has been erected at county boundaries, and on A-class roads entering Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar and Montrose.

Visiting one of the signs on the A94, Angus Provost Helen Oswald said: “I am proud of the commitment to Fairtrade in Angus, and that we can now proclaim it to all who visit or pass through our county.

“The signs highlight to visitors and residents that we are concerned about others in the developing world, and that Fairtrade products are available across the county.

“This also helps boost those local businesses who have signed up to the Fairtrade brand.”

A guide, Angus - A Fairtrade Zone, is available that gives Angus residents information on how they can support farmers, workers and producers in the third world.

The guide, which was produced by Scotmid Co-operative, is available at premises across Angus including libraries, ACCESS Offices and retailers or online at www.angus.gov.uk/sustainability/fairtrade.htm.