Fairtrade Fortnight in Hertfordshire

VILLAGERS have gone bananas for a two-week initiative which aims to strike a better deal for farmers and workers in Africa.

Fairtrade Fortnight kicked off yesterday (Monday), and residents of Datchworth have decorated their village with giant inflatable bananas and cups bearing the Fairtrade name to get the message across to visitors.

Homeowners have also been encouraged to put Fairtrade stickers in their windows and glass doors, and the whole village – as well as the Welwyn Hatfield Fairtrade Group – will be taking part in a world-record breaking attempt to make the longest bunting.

It’s all part of the Datchworth Fairtrade Group’s bid to help the village achieve formal Fairtrade status, and join neighbouring Welwyn Hatfield borough in gaining the accreditation.

A Fairtrade stall will be at the farmer’s market at The Tilbury car park in Datchworth Green on Sunday, March 13 – the last day of Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Meanwhile, members of the Welwyn Hatfield group will be at Asda, in Hatfield, on Saturday from 11am, and the Howard Centre in WGC the following Saturday, March 12, promoting the fortnight.

More on these Fairtrade stories will be in tomorrow’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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