AN ART project involving campaigners from Ashbourne has scooped a top national award.
The Fairtrade Art Cube, a project involving Fairtrade groups across the Derbyshire Dales, including the one operating in Ashbourne, received received ‘Best Campaign Award’ at the national Fairtrade Supporter Conference in London.
Each participating town in the district contributed one side to the cube, which was designed to highlight the importance of small-holder farmers in agriculture and their role in food security.
The award comes with a prize pot of £700 which the district group will reinvest in their on-going campaign to bring a fair wage to farmers and workers.
Stuart Green of Ashbourne Fairtrade Town Initiative said: “The people of Ashbourne have long been supportive of farmers, both locally and overseas, by buying local and Fairtrade produce.
“Buying Fairtrade guarantees the producers a fair price for their crop and also provides them with the Fairtrade Premium which they can use to improve their local communities.”
The cube was unveiled at Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Town Hall headquarters in March and was then transported on a tour of the five towns; Ashbourne, Bakewell, Darley Dale, Matlock and Wirksworth.
Councillor Irene Ratcliffe, the authority’s Fairtrade representative, said: “To win this top campaign award shows the art cube idea caught the imagination of people not only in the Derbyshire Dales, but at a national level. We are absolutely thrilled.
“But more than that, the cash prize will help dales Fairtrade groups to perpetuate the important message that we all have a role to play in looking after the food we love and the people who grow it.
“Farmers in developing countries desperately need our support and it is great that the district council is working towards being a Fairtrade authority.