Fairtrade Cotton at the Botanical Gardens

February 28, 2011
During Fairtrade Fortnight the Botanic Garden is celebrating Fairtrade, ethical and organic clothing. Explore the tropical Palm House to see crops of cotton, find out the differences between a pair of Fairtrade jeans and a conventional pair, and why supporting Fairtrade cotton farmers is so important. See displays of clothes from ethical traders as well as some unusual fibres such as ‘peace silk’ and ‘naturally coloured cotton’.

Palm House open during glasshouse opening hours, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Garden open 9.00am – 5.00pm. Entry, adults £3.80, children free.
University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford, OX1 4AZ, 01865 286690, www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk

Six fantastic Fairtrade Fortnight events

February 27, 2011

Judith from Trading for Development has been in touch to tell us about six fantastic events taking place over the next Fortnight.

Sunday 27th Feb: Bunting Making at the Botanical Gardens (Regular group)
During our usual Knitting at the Botanical Gardens last Sunday of the Month
Sunday 27th FEB 2-4pm at the Conservatory

Sunday 27th Feb: Blackfriars (Workshop)
Bunting making at Blackfriars

All Fortnight: Find out about Fairtrade at the Botanical Gardens (Public event)
Show off your label and celebrate fairtrade cotton. Take a trail around the Palm Glasshouse to find out more about fairtrade plants and farmers. The palm Glasshouse will be covered with Bunting plus exhibition of Fairtrade fashion

Monday 1st March: More Bunting Fun at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College (Workshop)
Tuesday 1st of March. Bunting making in the foyer of Kennet building. We will then decorate the canopy area outside our art building doors. Look out for pictures on the

Wednesday 2nd March: Bunting Making at the Town Hall cafe (Public Event)
Wednesday 2rd of March. 11;30 am -2:30 pm.  Cafe of the Town Hall. More bunting making plus fair trade stall.

Sunday 6th of March – 11 am – 25th Anniversary of the Twinning of the City of Oxford and Leon Nicaragua Misa Campesina
At 64 St Giles with an exhibition of fairtrade products from Nicaragua..

Saturday 12th March – Jericho Community Centre – Fairtrade fortnight Show off your label tea and cake
33 Canal St Oxford OX2 6BQ. 3-5pm

Contact Judith (judith@tradingfordevelopment.co.uk) for more details of the events below, and if you make it along – don’t forget to tell us about your experiences and share any photos you take!


Oxford Fair Trade Leaflets

February 21, 2011

Julie Osborne from Fairtrade@StMichaels has co-ordinated the creation of a set of leaflets to raise awareness of outlets and activities in Oxford. You can pick some up from the shop on Cornmarket, or print out your own from the attached PDFs.

Fairtrade Fortnight A5 2011-02-19.pdf

Fairtrade Experience A4 2011-02-19.pdf

Fairtrade Experience A5 2011-02-19.pdf

Fairtrade Fortnight A4 2011-02-19.pdf


12th March – Fairtrade Landmarks Bunting Event Agenda

February 16, 2011

I hope you’re making some bunting for this Fairtrade Fortnight – not only to show that FAIRTRADE is not just for tea and coffee, but for clothing and cotton too; and not just to contribute to breaking the WORLD RECORD for the longest continuous bunting ever (yep, all the bunting made is going to get sent to the Fairtrade Foundation to sew together for a record breaking attempt), but also, to bring to our Oxford Landmarks Event on the 12th March.

Even if you’ve not yet had chance to make bunting, you can still join us to make some on the day! Here’s the plan:

It’s all taking place at St Michael’s Church Parish Rooms just off Cornmarket (head for the Fairtrade@StMichaels shop).

10.30 am – Bunting Making Workshop  – come along to decorate bunting, or help us put together bunting that’s been brought along. Drop in whenever you can…

11.30 am – All about FAIRTRADE and FAIRTRADE Cotton from a leading speaker from Oxfam GB in a short fun and informative talk.

11.45 am – Fair singing – raising our voices together in songs from around the world, led by Rachel Smith (@oxfordsing)

12.00 noon – Landmarks time! Taking our bunting out to Oxford Landmarks to show off the Fairtrade message. Taking photos of our bunting in front of key landmarks.

13.00 pm – Refreshments at the parish rooms

Join us for as much of the time as you can, although if you can only drop in for a bit we would still love to see you. However, please let us know you’re planning to join us either by dropping an e-mail to fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk with your name and how many people will be coming with you, or dropping in a comment below.

(Note: Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult at all times)


Co-op Town Hall Fair Trade event

February 10, 2011

Co-op posterFor Fairtrade Fortnight the Midcounties Co-operative are hosting a special event at Oxford Town Hall on 8th March from 10am till 2pm

  • Fairtrade tastings with Divine Chocolate
  • Guest speakers: Cocoa farmers Kuapa, Kokoo from Ghana will be present to share their experiences…
  • Raffle to raise money for our charity partner, Women’s Aid – with a chance to win our Fairtrade goodies hamper!
  • View fair trade products showcased by the various fair-trade groups and stores
  • Fairtrade fashion show … and much more!!!

To book your place or for further information please contact:

  • Call: 0800 435 902
  • Email: member.communications@midcounties.coop
  • Write to: Co-operative House, Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick, CV34 6DA
  • Visit: http://www.yourmidcounties.coop

And if you have other events planned for Fairtrade Fortnight – let us know about them!