During Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 the Garden highlighted plants that are grown as Fairtrade crops. All of these plants are grown under the protection of our Glasshouses. The Glasshouses are full of plants that are economically important to our lives but are taken for granted on a day-to-day basis.
The plants highlighted were:
Banana, cocoa, coffee, cotton, orange, peanut, pineapple, rice, sugar cane and vanilla
Two of the information panels displayed in the Palm House and Lily House
In addition to a fair price for the crop they produce, Fairtrade producers also recieve a Social Premium. These premiums are spent democratically by the co-operatives and are used on social projects like providing wells, schools and healthcare. Fairtrade doesn’t just benefit farmers and their families but can have a positive impact on whole communities.
The trail coincided with a crop of bright red berries on the coffee bush, colourful pink bananas (musa velutina), fluffy cotton flowers, towering sugar cane and ripe rice seeds on the rice plants in the Lily House. One of our Interptretation volunteers was on hand on Saturday 2nd March to talk to Garden visitors about some of the plants on the trail.
To find out more about Fairtrade visit the Fairtrade Foundation website.
Two of the information panels in situ next to the cotton and coffee plants.