Second Fairtrade honour for Lenzie

East Dunbartonshire has shown it has an appetite to help change the world as people of all ages join forces on fair trade.

Lenzie has once again been crowned a Fairtrade Town, while good work is taking place in a number of local communities.

It follows East Dunbartonshire being awarded Fairtrade Zone status for the third time thanks to the support of organisations and communities - including the Council.

News that Lenzie has once again been named a Fairtrade Town has been celebrated by Lenzie Community Council, which has helped to pioneer the fair trade movement in East Dunbartonshire since autumn 2011.

It helped to set up Lenzie Fairtrade Group - featuring community councillors and like-minded local residents and representatives.

A spokesperson said, “Lenzie Fairtrade Group is delighted to announce that it has successfully renewed Fairtrade Town status for Lenzie until July 2016.

“When Lenzie achieved Fairtrade Town status in April 2013 the group immediately started to look ahead at what needed to be done to ensure continuity of this much-prized status.

“The Fairtrade Group is a team of dedicated individuals, but most have ‘day jobs’ so we knew it would be challenging to keep up the momentum which had been created in respect of understanding the fair trade message, and the quality and ethical nature of its products.

“A huge amount of work goes into this type of renewal and we want to thank everyone for their support - particularly Lenzie Community Council, local residents, churches, groups, schools and East Dunbartonshire Council.”

Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration at the Council, said, “Well done to everyone at Lenzie Fairtrade Group for their inspirational work - which has not only secured Lenzie Fairtrade Town status, but helped to ensure East Dunbartonshire remained a Fairtrade Zone.

“The Fairtrade Foundation said that it was obvious how tirelessly the group has been working and I understand the community’s enthusiasm really came across in the application for renewal.

“The Foundation felt - and this is echoed by local campaigners - that fair trade is thriving in Lenzie. Congratulations to everyone involved - I hope this helps to inspire other local communities to follow suit.

“The Council is committed to the ethos and values of fair trade, and was delighted to see East Dunbartonshire awarded Fairtrade Zone status for the third time. We will continue to work with local communities, organisations and traders on this important issue.”

The Fairtrade Foundation was particularly impressed at the range of events organised locally - including ‘Savour the Flavour’ at Lenzie Academy last October and the ‘Great Lenzie Fairtrade Bake-Off’ in Lenzie Union Parish Church in March.

Local schools and nurseries have been enthusiastically involved in the fair trade movement - supported by the Council. The Fair Trade Nurseries Programme pilot included Lenzie.

Businesses have also been involved - including Billington’s of Lenzie.

Owner Mark Billington said, “We are delighted that Lenzie has secured its Fairtrade Town status again this year and that Billington’s has contributed by stocking a host of fair trade products. The pasta sauce has proved extremely popular.”

The delicatessen will host a fair trade wine-tasting event on October 3.

For further information, visit the Lenzie Community Council and the Lenzie Proudly Supporting Fairtrade Facebook pages.